Are there any guidelines when virtual care is more appropriate and when face to face is the better option?
Hello, nowadays healthcare technology is rising exorbitantly. Are there any guidelines when virtual care is more appropriate and when face to face is the better option? Please elaborate on this.
@saptarshi This is an excellent question that raises important issues here. There are minor health issues which could be handled easily only by having access to the knowledge and experience of a medical professional without the need for travelling and waiting. No matter how efficient virtual care services can be, there will always be medical issues from mental health to sensitive topics such as an HIV infection or cancer, where the face-to-face meeting is crucial for the sake of the doctor-patient relationship. Also, when physicians need to examine the patient in a way that cannot be performed through data (measuring an ECG or taking a photo of a skin lesion are possible at the point of care) or have to use big machines, then in-person meetings are the only viable option.