The Doctor Is In
[Virtual health care allows patients to receive high-quality care from home]
Story by Jennifer McLaughlin
Photography provided by Essentia Health, Billy Wagness, Getty Images
Think of it as a modern take on the house call. In previous generations, doctors made in-home visits to provide the necessary care for patients. In today’s rapidly changing world, providers are once again able to care for their patients at home, thanks to the conveniences of technology.
Essentia Health is one of the first health systems in the country recognized for the robust use of the virtual visit platform amid the current healthcare landscape. Dr. Sarah Manney, Essentia Health provider and chief medical informatics officer, says that patients are appreciative of being able to continue necessary doctor appointments without having to leave their home. “Given our current crisis, we have an opportunity to provide excellent and safe patient care in a different way.”
Virtual health care is a relatively new experience for most, but the convenience and advantages have caused the use of this technology among patients and providers alike to soar. At the time of this printing, more than 3,000 virtual visits were occurring each day at Essentia Health, and growing.
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Access to walk-in virtual visits is also available, allowing patients to utilize a virtual visit for most things that may have required a trip to the walk-in clinic.
While times may have changed, the high quality of care that patients expect and deserve remains the same. “We have a lot of patients who were worried that their therapy might not be able to continue during the pandemic and were very concerned,” says Michelle Enockson, director of Rehabilitation Services at Essentia Health. “We’ve been able to alleviate those fears.”
Benefits of Virtual Visits
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