These days, we do everything on our phones! You’re probably reading this article on your phone or iPad right now. Our mobile phones and portable devices have changed how we do most tasks – ordering groceries, chatting with friends, shopping, and completing work tasks. Similarly, our access to mobile technology has revolutionized how we access healthcare services, including online primary care.
Telehealth, or virtual medicine, is an innovative approach that utilizes digital communication tools to deliver medical care remotely. This practice has gained immense popularity, particularly in primary care. Xpress Wellness proudly provides virtual primary care services to patients in Oklahoma and Kansas.
We’ve found that virtual or online primary care is an effective way to care for individuals who find visiting a clinic difficult or simply prefer the convenience of receiving primary care from the comfort of a home or an office. In this article, we’ll dive into what to expect in virtual primary care and how this digital format for care provides an excellent patient experience.
8 Things To Expect With Virtual Primary Care
1. Accessible and Convenient Care
One of the primary benefits of telehealth primary care is its convenience. Traditionally, you have probably scheduled appointments, commuted to the doctor’s office, and waited in crowded waiting rooms. Virtual primary care eliminates these inconveniences by allowing patients to consult with their primary care provider from home. This not only saves time but also minimizes exposure to germs.
Consider a few of the convenience benefits of virtual primary care:
- Easier access to primary care for those living in rural areas in Oklahoma and Kansas
- Less time spent away from home or work
- Fast scheduling and less wait time
- Avoid sickness and germs in doctors’ offices
- No commute to appointments
2. Online Video Consultations
Telehealth primary care typically involves virtual consultations conducted through video or phone calls. At Xpress, the process is simple; after your appointment is confirmed, you will receive a text message with a link to join the video call, and your provider will appear on the screen.
Patients can discuss their health concerns, receive diagnoses, and even get prescriptions without leaving their homes. These virtual appointments provide a personalized and private environment for patients to discuss their medical history, symptoms, and concerns openly.
Our virtual primary care providers can see patients who reside in Oklahoma and Kansas. We can provide primary care virtually for annual wellness visits and various common health conditions.
Just a few of these conditions include:
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 Diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Contraception management
- Thyroid disorders
3. Continuity of Care
One common misconception about virtual health care is that it disrupts the continuity of care. However, virtual primary care at Xpress in Oklahoma and Kansas can actually enhance continuity. We use secure electronic health records and communication tools, and our primary care providers have access to the medical history information you provide.
You can maintain an ongoing relationship with your Xpress virtual primary care provider. You will see the same provider most of the time, and this ensures consistent and comprehensive care. And, if you visit an Xpress Wellness Urgent Care location in person, your virtual primary care provider will also have access to the information from that visit.
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4. Prescription Refills and Lab Results
Virtual primary care also covers administrative tasks like prescription refills and accessing lab results. Our patients can also request prescription renewals online, saving you a trip to the doctor’s office for routine medication needs. Additionally, our providers can discuss lab results with you during virtual appointments.
5. Expanded Access to Specialists
Our virtual primary care providers can refer you to specialists just like an in-clinic primary care provider would. When needed, our virtual primary care providers can connect you to doctors, physical therapists, and other specialists in your area whose care may be essential to your well-being.
We can collaborate with specialists to discuss complex or specialized needs and determine the best course of action. This collaborative approach ensures that patients receive well-rounded care with fewer in-person appointments. We can share electronic medical records and help you create a care team for your health.
6. Mental Health Support
Virtual primary care is not limited to physical health at Xpress. Behavioral health services, including therapy and counseling, are also available through Xpress Wellness to patients in Oklahoma. This is especially valuable for individuals who might find it challenging to seek help in person due to stigma, limited access because of location, or logistical barriers.
We have found that offering virtual counseling services to Oklahoma residents is beautifully symbiotic with our virtual primary care services. Virtual mental health services provide a safe space for patients to address their emotional well-being, and our virtual primary care and virtual behavioral health providers make a great team to support your overall health and well-being.
7. A Strong Patient-Provider Relationship
Critics of telehealth often raise concerns about the potential loss of the patient-provider relationship. However, at Xpress, you can expect the same high-quality care and personable relationship with your provider that you would have in person. We are mindful of this concern and strive to maintain a strong rapport with our patients.
We know sometimes screens can feel impersonal, but through empathetic communication, active listening, and a patient-centered approach, we establish meaningful connections with our patients, even in a virtual setting.
8. There are Times When You’ll Need to Visit the Clinic
Of course, sometimes online care simply doesn’t cut it. Maybe you think you’ve broken a bone in your arm, or you’re questioning if you have a sprained ankle or a fracture. Xpress Wellness Urgent Care clinics have X-ray on site, which saves you a trip to the emergency room and you’ll be on the road to restored health faster. Other reasons you may need to visit include testing and lab work, IV hydration, or other specific needs. Whether online or in-person at a location near you, urgent care visits from the Xpress team provide the same level of high-quality reliable care.
Establish Care with a Virtual Primary Care Provider in Oklahoma or Kansas
Virtual primary care at Xpress Wellness Urgent Care is a fantastic opportunity that offers accessible, convenient, and comprehensive medical services to people across Oklahoma and Kansas. You (or your family members aged 12 or older) can receive quality care without needing physical presence.
In a time where rural healthcare options are declining, and schedules are always busy, virtual urgent care may be the solution for you or your family. High-quality, online healthcare is just a click away. Establish care with Xpress Wellness Urgent Care Virtual Primary Care today!