Advancements in medical technology have vastly improved the ability of patients and doctors to connect. Telehealth is a prime example and is among the services available from Farridah Shafiee, DO, of Patient Centered Internal Medicine. She can connect with residents in Simi Valley, California, to discuss any health issues and needs. If you’d like to give telehealth a try, call to book a telehealth appointment or use the online scheduling tool.

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What is telehealth?

Telehealth is a means of receiving health services using communications technology. It offers the chance to connect with Dr. Shafiee without an in-person office visit. This is currently offered for established patients.

This method of interaction is currently receiving a great deal of attention, but telehealth is nothing new. Ever since telephones became available within most American homes, patients have taken advantage of the opportunity to receive medical guidance and support from the comfort of home.

Today, advancements in digital technology have vastly expanded the possibilities when it comes to telehealth. You can not only speak with Dr. Shafiee over the phone but “see” her in a real-time video connection. There are even remote health monitoring devices that can transmit essential health data directly to the office, no matter where you’re located.

What are the benefits of telehealth?

One of the primary benefits of telehealth is convenience. The ability to meet with your doctor from the comfort of home at a time that fits your schedule makes it far easier to get the care you need. Parents can also book visits during their child’s naptime, and employees can make time for visits during lunch.

Telehealth is a wonderful option for people who are immunocompromised as well. There’s no need to travel across town and wait in a crowded waiting room to receive essential care, vastly reducing your risk of encountering potentially dangerous viruses or bacteria.

Patients with limited mobility also appreciate the opportunity to work directly with Dr. Shafiee from home. Services like medication management and chronic disease management can be done through telehealth.

How can I prepare for my telehealth visit?

When preparing for your telehealth appointment, consider the setting for your visit. If you share your home with others, try to find a quiet area where you’ll be able to hear Dr. Shafiee, and she can hear you.

Lighting is also something to consider. To provide the best assessment, Dr. Shafiee needs to be able to see you clearly. You can always use the camera feature to preview your setting and lighting before the appointment.

Also, it’s important to think about whether you’ll need access to a power source and how you’ll set up your device for the visit. You can do telehealth visits using a desktop, laptop, tablet, or even a cell phone.

When you’re ready to begin, call or click the online booking page to schedule a telehealth appointment at Patient Centered Internal Medicine.