A virtual appointment can allow a person to schedule an appointment in real-time with their doctor, a co-worker or an office manager, according to the American College of Rheumatology.
A physician or co-workers can make an appointment at home, or at a cozier location.
There are some apps that do more for this, but it is often a lot easier to schedule a physical appointment at a designated location.
It can also be done at home if the patient can access a physical monitor, such as a phone or tablet.
Dr. David McBride, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and author of the book “Virtual Medicine,” says the process of scheduling a virtual appointment is not complicated.
“You simply need a device that will display a picture of your doctor or a picture you’ve taken,” McBride said.
“You can’t have the doctor or any other physician visit you at home.
They’re just going to see a computerized image.”
While McBride doesn’t think that using virtual appointments is a new idea, it is a topic that has become more mainstream.
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