(CBSDFW.COM) – The pandemic is changing the way almost all of us receive care from our doctors. Many are now leaning on virtual visits to see their patients.
“I think it’s been very important during this corona-crisis to keep patients out of the hospital, and this has been a very good technique,” said cardiologist Dr. Darryl Kawalsky with North Texas Heart Center at Medical City.READ MORE: 1 Injured, At Least 24 Units Destroyed After Fire At Fort Worth Apartment Complex
Kawalsky said he rarely used telehealth to connect with patients before, but now it’s becoming the norm at hospitals in North Texas and across the country. As facilities work to keep staff safe and resources available, it’s become a way for doctors to talk to patients, evaluate their conditions and create treatment plans.READ MORE: 'This Is Beyond Bullying': Justice Sought For Plano ISD Boy Allegedly Abused By Haggard Middle School Students
“It gives patients and their doctors a confidence in their treatment, and it avoids the physical exposure that they otherwise would have had,” Kawalsky said.
A survey earlier this month by BroadbandNow found 75% of Americans are open to virtual visits. Teladoc, a leader in the telemedicine industry, reported that last month it experienced unprecedented daily visit volume.MORE NEWS: Data Shows 66% Drop In Risk Of Contracting COVID-19 In Dallas County
Still, Dr. Kawalsky cautioned that it’s no substitute for the emergency room in a true emergency.