The Many Benefits of Telemedicine

Technology is revolutionizing the way patients receive care by keeping you connected with your specialists. Remote access to care provides major benefits, enabling you to receive a diagnosis and treatment without the need for an in-person office visit. 

Our experts at The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas discuss how telemedicine helps patients with spine, joint, and other musculoskeletal issues.

What is telemedicine?

Telemedicine takes advantage of today's telecommunications technology to diagnose and treat patients remotely at a distance. This eliminates barriers and enables you to receive care without leaving your home or office. 

Televisits can be done in various ways such as:

At The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Jones II and our team of orthopedic professionals offer telemedicine to complement in-person office appointments and provide access to care no matter where you are. 

Dr. Jones II uses telemedicine to assess your symptoms and treat various orthopedic conditions including, but not limited to:

If any testing is needed, Dr. Jones can order it for you, and he can call in any necessary prescriptions to a pharmacy.

Remote access to orthopedic services

While physical examinations and surgical procedures require visiting us in person, telemedicine enables providers to perform many aspects of patient care. New and existing patients can access many services through telemedicine appointments. 

We can:

You can have an initial consultation or postoperative follow-up during a televisit.

Convenient access to orthopedic experts

Orthopedic patients have conditions that affect their muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues. These vital components of the musculoskeletal system support stability and movement. Any problem with the musculoskeletal system can cause pain and problems with mobility.

Telemedicine eliminates the need to travel to our southeast Texas offices. You can connect with your provider while remaining in the comfort and safety of your home or office. The convenience of remote access to orthopedic professionals is a welcome relief for patients who have pain and mobility challenges.

Improved access to care

Telemedicine isn’t new, but the need for remote care has increased significantly, and the team here at The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas is dedicated to keeping our patients connected and preventing gaps in vital care.

Feeling under the weather, scheduling conflicts, travel issues, and challenges with pain and mobility often cause patients to reschedule or delay appointments for care. Telemedicine eliminates these hurdles, allowing patients to receive care without having to travel to our offices.

Interactive care

Telemedicine provides innovative real-time interaction between orthopedic experts and patients. Applications used to deliver telemedicine include live video, audio, text, and patient data transfer. When you have a telemedicine appointment with Dr. Jones, you receive the same level of exceptional care as when you visit our office for a face-to-face clinical visit.

Faster access to care

When issues come up, orthopedic patients need prompt care. Telemedicine is extremely useful for managing conditions when a physical examination has already been completed or isn’t required. By eliminating the need to travel and the time spent in waiting rooms, telemedicine allows for faster, more flexible scheduling. This not only means faster treatment and follow-up but faster access to test results and other patient information.

Televisits: What can I expect?

We deliver the same high-quality care you’ve come to expect. A telemedicine appointment is similar to an in-person visit to one of our clinics. Telemedicine appointments begin with speaking with a member of our nursing staff who gathers general information as well as information relevant to your visit. This is followed by your televisit with Dr. Jones or our nurse practitioner Beverly Oguayo.

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How Does Telemedicine Work?

We’re at a new frontier in telemedicine where patients can stay connected to your provider and receive top-quality orthopedic care using readily available technology.