Telehealth has become a standard service for many doctors, where it’s primarily used for follow-up appointments after your initial assessment and treatment. Kashif Latif, MD, and the team at AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center in Bartlett, Tennessee, offer telehealth consultations to existing patients who need frequent monitoring — a service that’s vital for patients struggling to keep their diabetes well-managed. To learn more about telehealth or to schedule an initial evaluation, call the office or book an appointment online.
Telehealth, also called telemedicine, is a service that’s offered by AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center to give you easy, accessible health care. They provide your telehealth services using Skype or email, giving you frequent access to the care you need.
While telehealth is a recent addition to health care services, studies have already been published showing that it can be just as effective as in-person appointments.
One study of veterans who were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and who received their care via telehealth showed a decrease in their A1C levels during their treatment. Their glucose also stayed more stable while they received telehealth services.
Telehealth has many benefits, including:
Telemedicine is especially beneficial if you live in an area where you don’t have access to an endocrinologist. You need to come in to the AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center for your initial evaluation. You may also need to keep some follow-up appointments in person, depending on the severity of your condition and whether your diabetes is under control. Otherwise, you save time and energy using telehealth for many appointments.
There’s another important benefit of telehealth: Frequent contact with your provider at AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center helps motivate you to stick with your treatment plan, including taking your medications. Your diabetes medications are essential, yet it’s estimated that one in three adults with Type 2 diabetes is not taking their medications as prescribed.
The team at AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center currently offers telehealth services to existing patients who have complex disorders, significant problems managing their disease, and symptoms that require frequent monitoring.
Telehealth services are provided as an annual package. Many patients already use the telehealth services at AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, where they’re highly satisfied with the care they receive.
If you’re interested in telehealth, call the office or ask your provider at AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center how to enroll.