Before the pandemic, the frequency of video chatting over face-to-face visits with doctors was very minimal. This was due to old policies that failed to cover virtual matters and security concerns, making it difficult for patients to receive effective virtual treatment. However, with the wake of the pandemic, virtual appointments have risen in frequency out of necessity and social distancing measures. Virtual care visits rose from approximately 4% to 60% as a result of this.
With technological advances, most of the primary care issues will begin to be handled by phone and through secure video platforms. For example, if a doctor wants to view the week-to-week progress of a patient’s mole, they will be able to be so through these platforms.
Virtual care offers something that face-to-face visits do not, that is time and convenience. Virtual care allows doctors to communicate with patients directly from their household. Furthermore, with virtual care it is easy for doctors to check up on their patients regularly without having to schedule frequent appointments and commute to the clinic.
Virtual care also makes it easy for our team to reach out to anyone in the GTA. This means that existing patients that live further away will be able to book a virtual appointment to care for their needs. In particular virtual care offers the following benefits: