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Telemedicine has become a $17.8 billion industry, and that growth is expected to continue. Experts say telehealth will grow by more than 18 percent each year through 2020. While some challenges remain, the convenience it offers to physicians and patients is driving the necessary innovation.
One area that has been steadily gaining ground in recent years is virtual physician visits. As technology has improved, the number of physician groups logging on has increased. Insurance companies are also seeing the value of these visits and including them in covered services.
For older adults, there are many advantages to not having to drive to a physician’s office. But there are disadvantages, too. To help you and your older loved one decide if virtual office visits are an option to pursue, let’s look at the pros and cons.
Five Advantages of Virtual Physician Visits
While virtual physician visits offer seniors many advantages, there are still drawbacks to be aware of.
The Downside of Virtual Physician Visits
If you are considering making virtual physician visits part of your care plan, be sure to clarify a few things first.
Designated Care Managers at Sunrise
We know how important it is for residents to have continuity of care. That’s why we have designated care managers at every Sunrise Senior Living community. This allows caregivers and residents to get to know one another.
Caregivers will be able to spot small changes in residents and intervene before they become bigger problems. We invite you to visit the Sunrise community nearest you to learn more today!