Telehealth usage?

#1

Has anyone here has used or uses telehealth?

Lately, have been receiving a lot of press releases on that topic and makes me wonder how many people do use it.

#2

I have not used it in the context of diabetes, although I used telehealth services (or something similar) decades ago when traveling overseas. I consulted with my GP and specialists from the US when studying in the UK and traveling in Europe. It didn’t cost much at the time (think it was $5.00 a session, or something, not including cost of calling from Europe, which was considerable). No video at that point, of course.

It was good then for keeping up with maintenance level check-ins/ups for chronic disease (I had a series of really nasty lung, diaphragm, and chest-wall infections in the 90s and 00s). And I think, in that context, it would be very useful for diabetes.

I live more than two hour drive from the closest endocrinologist in my state, and frankly that endo is ridiculously incompetent. I live more than 8 hour drive (and comparable flight) from the only in-state clinic with multiple, reputable endos. I could fly to Seattle, and my local doctors have suggested that, but it seems rather difficult and expensive. So, telehealth (after an initial consultation) would make a ton of sense. An endo doesn’t need to check my lymph nodes or use a tongue depressor, rather they need to digest information from blood tests, physical exams, and meter data combined with my own “living context” of day-to-day management decisions. There is no reason all of that can’t be done remotely with video-conferencing.

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#3

With my PCP, yes, a couple of times in the last 18 months or so. Probably another session coming up soon because BP issues, yuck.

#4

Sorry to hear about your BP issues, do you feel the consult goes as it will at the clinic or more impersonal?

#5

There’s nothing particularly special that happens at the clinic that I can’t do at home, i.e., take my own BP and report it. Basically it’s just a face-time call. I do find it a little easier to discuss matters in a “face-to-face” situation, but it doesn’t make much difference to me if that’s mediated by a computer screen.

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