Telemedicine and Virtual Consults:  Nutrition, Functional Medicine and Herbal Prescribing

Telemedicine & Virtual Health Consultation

We realize how difficult it can be to locate a qualified provider capable of prescribing based on the person and not simply dispensing products based on the disease diagnosis. Michael Woodworth has well over a decade of post-graduate studies focussed on prescribing custom Chinese herbal medicine and Functional Medicine supplements. Receive a virtual consult to determine what body systems can be strengthened to improve overall health and resistance. Many people have found resolution to problems that failed to respond to traditional Western medicine treatments.

Herbal Medicine Is A Complex System With Over 4000 yrs of empirical application.

Herbal Medicine and Functional Supplementation can effectively treat many internal disorders: Respiratory, Auto-Immune, Digestive, Gynecological, Dermatological, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Opthalmological, Neurological, Brain Health and more. Many conditions can be improved, reversed or slowed depending upon its etiology. Herbs and supplements are the preferred means of treating many internal disorders. In modern Asian countries,  hospitals the have Western Medicine, Acupuncture and Herbal departments. Typically they will prescribe combinations of Acupuncture and Western therapies for pain and neurological conditions while combining Western Medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for internal disorders. This leads to better patient outcomes where they can take less Pharmaceutical drugs and get better results with less side-effects and chance of building up a tolerance.

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Initial Virtual Consult is 30mins long and $75. You will be required to complete our online paperwork before this consult so we may review your history before the call. Once this is done your card on file will be charged for the consult. Herbal Supplements are not included and typically cost about $2-4$ per day depending upon the ingredients.  Follow up consults are $50. Book an online appointment below. Complete The Online Paperwork Thru the Confirmation Email’s Link – We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Telemedicine: Definition, History, and Benefits It Brings to the Health Practice

The current situation caused by COVID-19 has made critical changes that affected particularly every business, even healthcare private practice. Now when social distancing is more than required, existing patients need to find a way to consult their practitioners and ask them questions regarding their condition or overall health.

Thanks to the never-ending technological and software development, appointments with customers, clients, and even patients are now available, even if two parties aren’t physically present with each other. That means that doctors can now consult patients via video-conferencing tools that are HIPAA-compliant. Such tools often include Zoom, OnCall Health Platform, NextGen Healthcare, and more.

Telemedicine is an outstanding concept that helps us take care of our health and be responsible at the same time. You don’t need to give up your Eastern medicine treatments just because you can’t visit your practitioner. In essence, you can discuss your options by using some of the most advanced tools for telecommunication and other useful programs.

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What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine is a tool responsible for making healthcare more accessible, cost-effective, and convenient for situations like this one. It allows patients to access their physicians virtually and ask them anything regarding their condition or overall health.

Telemedicine software allows practitioners and patients to share information in real-time, from one device to another. It means that patients can talk to their practitioner right from their living room, bed, or any other place other than a practitioner’s office.

How Does Telemedicine Work?

Telemedicine can be performed in various ways. Still, one of the most commonly used methods involves a video call, which must be made via a secured HIPAA-compliant telemedicine tool. Such programs are usually user-friendly and reliable.

It can also be performed with portable telemedicine kits that include a computer and mobile medical devices, such as ECGs or vital signs monitors. Sometimes, doctors tend to use high-resolution digital cameras to send detailed medical images to specialists.

Live video conferencing is another way of conducting telemedicine successfully. Such software is often robust and multifunctional, meeting the needs of both patients and practitioners.

A Brief History of Telemedicine: When Did All Start?

Although it might sound surprising, telemedicine is not a newly created practice. It dates back to the 19th century when hospitals wanted to reach patients in remote locations. Ever since then, telemedicine forms an integral part of medical approaches we know today.

The beginning of telemedicine involved the use of telegraphs, telephones, and radios, especially during the Civil War when casualties and injuries were reported through these communication channels. People also used them to order supplies and ask for consultations.

As the idea of telemedicine was developing, physicians started exchanging the first radiological images via telephones, which quickly lead to something similar to the concept we have today. The truth is that modern technology can bring more options than it could do years ago, and it is more available to people than it used to be.

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Telemedicine vs. Telehealth: What’s the Difference?

Telemedicine and telehealth seem to be the same at first sight, which is why many people tend to use the terms interchangeably. However, that shouldn’t be the case since these two concepts are not entirely the same.

According to The World Health Organization (WHO), telemedicine means “healing from a distance,” which implies the use of telecommunications technology and information technologies in order to provide remote clinical services to patients. That said, physicians and practitioners use telemedicine primarily for the transmission of digital imaging, video consultations, and remote medical diagnosis.

Telehealth, on the other hand, refers to the utilization of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to address both patients’ health concerns and non-clinical events, such as administrative meetings, continuing medical education (CME), and physician training.

Generally, telehealth encompasses a broader range of options, while telemedicine refers to a particular category.

What are the Benefits of Telemedicine?

Both patients and practitioners can benefit from the development of telemedicine, and here is how:

Telemedicine and Patients

Telemedicine is particularly convenient for patients who had limited access to healthcare services due to their inability to leave home. Seniors or other people who aren’t recommended to leave home due to their condition will significantly benefit from medical streaming devices.

Besides, they will avoid the potential issues regarding:

  • Transportation: Thanks to video consultations, patients can avoid spending money on gas and public transport.
  • No missing work: Telemedicine allows patients to schedule their meetings during breaks or after working hours so that they don’t need to take a day off.
  • Childcare/Eldercare: Most people find it challenging to get appropriate care for their children and their older family members.

Telemedicine and Practitioners

Virtual consults can bring lots of advantages to both doctors and Eastern medicine practitioners, who can conduct appointments without being in the same room with their patients and provide care more efficiently. All the programs that they use allow them to monitor their patients in real-time and manage treatment plans more accessible.

Other telemedicine benefits include:

  • Cost-saving: The fact that practitioners consult their patients remotely, via adequate programs, means that they don’t need a physical office to perform their job. It will decrease their regular costs of office maintenance. Besides, the use of software reduces their need for paperwork and outsourcing to other teams.
  • Convenience: Apart from saving your money, telemedicine helps you save your precious time. Patients won’t need to wait outside the office, and practitioners will avoid wasting their time if a patient misses an appointment.
  • Quick second opinion: Patients often want to hear a second opinion from another specialist, which sometimes can be a long process. With telemedicine tools, patients can get other advice more easily, without wasting their time and resources.
  • Patient-friendliness: Since we use our mobile devices quite frequently, we must love everything that involves the use of computers, phone, the Internet, and software.
  • Improved healthcare quality: Now that all the critical information about a patient’s health is stored online (EHR, EMR, etc.), a healthcare provider can access it at any time and do a frequent follow-up with their patients.
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The Most Common Telemedicine Examples: How Can It Be Used?

If you are wondering how telemedicine can be used and what are the problems it can successfully address, have a look at the following telemedicine examples that will provide you with a broader image of the entire idea:

Chronic Disease Management

People with chronic diseases need regular check-ups, which can be done over telemedicine tools. Namely, touchscreen technology allows practitioners to access heart rate, blood pressure, glucose levels, and other aspects of their patient’s health and check whether everything is all right.

Thanks to the more straightforward access to a patient’s critical health information, physicians and practitioners can intervene at any time and provide much better health outcomes.

Medication Management

Medication management can be a challenging task, especially among seniors, who tend to forget to take medicine. Thanks to the remote management, doctors can monitor their older patients and check whether they’re taking their medications regularly and on time.

Emergency Room Diversion

Emergency rooms represent one of the most crowded and stressful environments in healthcare. Since no one likes to get stuck there, especially during the flu season, telemedicine is the right choice for both patients and physicians.

Patients can video chat with their physician, who’ll decide whether a person should go and see a doctor or not.

Sharing Medical Info

Sharing medical information over a distance is one of the most favorable aspects brought by telemedicine. It’s beneficial for doctors who can share certain diagnostic images, blood analysis, and other results with other specialists and consult them and provide better patients assessment.

Mental Health Assessment

Telemedicine has also proven its efficiency in mental health assessment. Counseling sessions can be performed online, which is suitable for our current situation. Besides, counselors can expect fewer appointment cancelations and no-shows.

How is Telemedicine Used in Eastern Medicine?

Telemedicine is also widely used in the Eastern and Chinese medical approach, where it has shown significant outcomes so far. Although acupuncture and similar treatments can’t be performed digitally, practitioners can recommend some of the Chinese Medicine treatments that include:

  • Dietary recommendations
  • Advice about meditation
  • Exercise advice
  • Herbal recommendations
  • Instructions on at home acupressure.

Telemedicine appointments usually last from 10 to 25 minutes, during which practitioners listen to their patients’ concerns and do their best to give them the right advice. Video consultations may also include the examinations – a practitioner may look at areas of your body, including looking at your tongue to make a diagnosis in line with Chinese medicine. Depending on your concerns, a practitioner may provide you with:

  • Guidelines in meditation
  • Instructions for at-home exercises, acupressure points, and massages
  • Dietary recommendations
  • Instructions on how to cook specific foods, teas, and soups
  • Customized herbal prescription for you and show you how to take it
  • Exercise plan of yoga, Tai qi, or other activities aimed at pain relief.

All patients that have the certain auto-immune, digestive, ocular, neurological, or respiratory condition should continue with their current Eastern medicine treatments that involve supplements and Chinese herbs.

Makari Wellness – Stay at Home and Be Well; The Rest is Up On Us

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Makari Wellness is cautiously scheduling in-office appointments for patients who have shown no symptoms of Covid-19. Upper respiratory tract infections, cough or sore throats. In protecting ourselves and others we ask if you have been in contact with anybody possibly infected with Covid-19 you utilize our telemedicine services.  Patients should be symptom free for at least 2 weeks before coming to the office.

Book your telemedicine consultation appointment and don’t let the current situation affect your well-being.

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