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Understanding Telehealth: A Resource Guide for Consumers

Technology continues to change the way we interact with each other, including how we search for information, stay in touch with family and friends, and purchase goods and services. Telehealth expands your options to receive medical care and manage your health using technology (smartphone applications, video, email, telephone, text, etc.) allowing you to communicate with a health care provider who is in a different geographic location.

Telehealth has become very popular during the COVID-19 public health crisis due to social distancing and lockdown guidelines. As restrictions are gradually lifted, there are many reasons to still consider telehealth. It’s a safe and convenient option for things like routine care, prescriptions (including refills), behavioral health support, and treatment for medical conditions like allergies, arthritis, and asthma. Many studies have documented consumer satisfaction and support for telehealth over the last 15 years. Key benefits reported by consumers include being able to access a health care provider that might not be available otherwise and eliminating the need to travel long distances (Source: American Telemedicine Association). Talk to your health care provider to learn more and see if telehealth is the right option for you.

Educational Resources

Want to learn more?  Check out these MHCC educational resources for information about the value of telehealth for you and your loved ones, including answers to frequently asked questions.  

Telehealth: What it is, How it Works, and Getting Started

Frequently Asked Questions by Consumers about Virtual Visits

10 Things to Know About Telehealth

Virtual Care On-Demand: A Consumer Guide to Online Telehealth Companies

Is Online Care Right for Me? Understanding the Value of Telehealth During COVID-19 and Beyond

Social Distancing:  What It Means and Tips to Remain Safe

Additional Resources

New Special Enrollment Period for Uninsured Marylanders until December 15 - Maryland Health Connection

Use Your Head – Slow the Spread, Maryland Department of Health and Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Telehealth for Patients, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

A Patient’s Guide to Telemedicine: What to Do When Your Doctor Calls or Video Chats with You, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

Telehealth Basics, American Telemedicine Association

How Patients Can Engage in Telehealth, National Consoritum of Telehealth Resource Centers

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Last Updated: 8/12/2020