Telemedicine, a Measure Against Covid-19

It is no secret that Coronavirus is currently the issue that dominates agendas worldwide. Something totally understandable for what WHO says is a pandemic, thus defined according to its rapid spread around the globe.

It is the uncertainty that surely takes over many patients and health workers, knowing moment by moment the updating of the figures of people who have been infected and those who have lost their lives because of the virus. During the time of writing this article, there are more than 842,000 infected cases and 41,000 deaths in the world. In the United States alone, there are more than 180,000 infected and 3,577 deaths from the same virus.

These figures provided by placed the United States first by the number of infected cases followed by Italy, Spain and China, where the disease originated.

This virus requires that we take special precautions with our social and hygiene practices. To avoid becoming infected, the following measures have been recommended: frequent hand washing, use of antibacterial gel, avoidance of touching the mouth, nose and eyes, covering the mouth with the inside of the arm or tissues when coughing or sneezing and, above all, social estrangement.

This latest measure, which has been applied globally, has raised other types of questions in people. Many associated with the economy, but even more pressing ones associated with the same health care during the pandemic, for reasons that may or may not be associated with the virus.

Due to this, many medical practices have been implementing Telemedicine, an alternative that allows us to offer quality care to our patients without exposing them to the risk posed by contact with other people suffering from various diseases.

Fortunately, we currently have multiple technological tools that allow us to sustain effective communication with our patients, whether by video calls, phone calls, text messages or emails among other tools. It gives us the opportunity to minimize risks while monitoring chronically ill patients, providing consultations for ailments or even identifying an early coronavirus case.

While this consultation methodology may pose difficulties for some of our patients, it is important to note that for Formé Medical Center, it is a priority to ensure the care of our patients. However, it is directly proportional to the protection that we must provide them. According to the situation, remote care is the best tool we have to care for them.

There is no standard that can or should be applied to Telemedicine, which means that each medical practice must be adapted according to its need. Acting in tune with our mission, “we believe that everyone has the right to affordable, dignified and high-quality health care, regardless of their cultural and economic background” which is why, in addition to maintaining “compassionate, high-quality health care”, we offer all of our services and consultations with Spanish-speaking physicians that ensure the best care for all of our patients.

Remember that while you must stay at home, you need to develop certain healthy lifestyle habits to strengthen your immune system, including:

    1. 1. Create an eating plan according to your body.
    1. 2. Avoid overconsumption of simple carbohydrates.
    1. 3. Establish an exercise routine at home.
    1. 4. Stay alert to changes and symptoms.

The main goal of implementing these consultation strategies is to decrease the flow of patients in the health center, who can put themselves at risk or the health of many others who continue to work for the well-being of the community.

After receiving medical care remotely, the patient will be informed whether or not to go to a health center to continue treatment.

In case of any concerns, please contact us at 914-723-4900 or schedule an appointment through our website.

At Formé: Our mission, your health!