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What is telemedicine?

Telemedicine is a virtual medical appointment with providers at Essential Medical Clinic. You can speak with your doctor via phone, computer, or tablet from the comfort of home, your car, or on your lunch break at work. Telemedicine is convenient when you need medical treatment but can’t squeeze in a face-to-face visit.

What are the benefits of telemedicine?

The main benefit of telemedicine appointments is they’re convenient and time-saving. Telemedicine is useful if you:

  • Are sick
  • Experience unusual symptoms
  • Have a question about your health
  • Are due for a follow-up appointment
  • Need a prescription
  • Would like medical advice


Telemedicine comes in handy when you live far from the office, have a busy work schedule, are too ill to leave home, want to avoid sick patient exposure, or can’t find child care.

What happens during telemedicine appointments?

During your scheduled telemedicine appointment, which you can create with just a click of your mobile device, your doctor contacts you on your phone or device. They review your medical history, ask questions about symptoms you may have, and complete a virtual physical exam, looking for signs of an illness or disease. Your doctor can treat some illnesses virtually. They offer:
  • Health education
  • Medication advice
  • Prescription medications or refills
  • Medical-grade dietary supplements
  • Birth control pill prescriptions

Your primary care doctor refers you to qualified specialists in the case of complex medical issues.

When should I schedule face-to-face visits?

While telemedicine is useful for treating numerous health problems, your Essential Medical Clinic provider recommends face-to-face visits for:

  • New patients visits
  • Women’s wellness exams
  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Electrocardiograms (EKGs)
  • Throat or nasal swabs
  • X-rays and other imaging tests

After diagnostic testing, your doctor calls you or sets up a virtual appointment to review the results and discuss which treatment options are best for you.

Is telemedicine right for me?

When you call the office at Essential Medical Clinic, a friendly staff member lets you know if a telemedicine appointment, face-to-face visit, or either is right for you. They happily accommodate same-appointments when you need prompt medical care.

Don’t forgo going to the doctor just because you don’t have time for face-to-face office visits. Schedule a telemedicine appointment with Essential Medical Clinic by phone or online today.