Keeping a chronic disease under control – such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), a neurological condition, or arthritis – must always be balanced along with mitigating other potential health conditions, such as viruses and bacterial infections. One concern among those who have a chronic condition is whether exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) would exacerbate their condition and whether their current medications would have any contraindications with the COVID vaccine.
Even though one of the key recommendations for vulnerable people throughout the pandemic is to stay home as much as possible in order to avoid this exposure, it’s still imperative to continue receiving medical care with a trusted doctor. A recent survey carried out to evaluate the global impact of COVID-19 on routine care for the chronic disease found that many healthcare providers reported a significant decline in chronic disease management among patients.
Even though the pandemic has been a catastrophic interference in everything, healthcare providers and facilities have adapted to enable patients to receive access to medical care without having to leave home by providing telemedicine services. Many appointments with your doctor can be conducted via phone or video chat, thereby reducing the need for in-office visits.
Telehealth and Concierge Medicine in Managing Chronic Disease
The combination of telemedicine and concierge medicine has been the ideal solution in addressing all of a patient’s concerns regarding chronic disease management during the COVID-19 pandemic. In concierge medicine, each patient pays a membership fee in order to obtain or maintain individualized, comprehensive, round-the-clock access to a physician.
In this revolutionary healthcare model, you can personally see or talk to a physician anytime. This is how concierge medicine truly empowers patients despite their underlying health issues. And thanks to telemedicine, you can talk to your concierge doctor without having to leave your home. If you need any new prescriptions or need anything evaluated, you can discuss this with your doctor via your phone, tablet, or laptop computer.
When you know your doctor on a personal level as is the case with concierge medicine, your visits are more pleasant, more informative, and more geared toward your particular set of circumstances. This makes the doctor-patient relationship more rewarding, and you will know that your chronic disease is being managed to the fullest extent possible.
Chronic Disease Management in North Bethesda, MD
Here at North Bethesda Primary Care, Dr. Adam Possner offers concierge medical services right here in Montgomery County. He will provide you with 24/7 access to his expert care, giving you greater peace of mind about your chronic condition in these precarious times.
Dr. Possner would like to be your personal healthcare partner. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a complimentary meeting with Dr. Possner (either virtually or in person), and to find out exactly how concierge medicine works, contact our friendly staff today. You can call us at (301) 941-4414 or fill out our simple online contact form now. We look forward to hearing from you!