Offering Telemedicine to keep patients and physicians safe
They say necessity is the mother of invention. And, while there’s nothing really new about telehealth, the practice is not widespread in gastroenterology. After this pandemic passes, however, telemedicine will become a new normal.
Gastrointestinal Specialists, Inc. began offering telehealth services on March 25. And, even though it’s only been in practice a week, it has proven to be an efficient, convenient, and safe solution for patients who need to speak with a gastroenterologist, and/or those who need or want to remain secluded.
“So far, this has been a great addition to our practice,” says GSI’s Dr. Bill Brand. “In the last week I’ve had numerous telehealth appointments and have been able to assist people in need. If we didn’t have this capability, under the current circumstances, patients would not be getting help or they might be putting themselves at risk. Neither of those scenarios are good options, telehealth is.”
Whether it’s a routine follow-up or addressing something more urgent, telehealth for gastroenterology allows for efficient appointments, while maintaining the personal, private face-to-face interaction of an office visit.
“In addition to those patients who need to establish gastrointestinal care as they may have an active issue, medication management, dietary counseling, lab results, and regular check-ups for those who suffer from diseases such as Crohn’s, Chronic Pancreatitis, Hepatitis C are all examples of consultations that are perfect for telemedicine,” adds Dr. Omer Khalid. “This will be nice addition to our practice for the long-term.”
Learn more about our new Telemedicine offerings and how to schedule an appointment here.