Mercer Medicine is committed to serving all of Georgia with quality health care. Through advanced telemedicine services, we offer wide-reaching medical care to underserved rural Georgia communities, connecting patients to specialists no matter where they live.
How Does Telemedicine Work?
Telemedicine uses remote access technology to connect doctors and medical specialists to patients in underserved and remote communities. Patients use video chat software to speak with doctors at a terminal station. Our medical team even uses Bluetooth technology to record and examine the patient’s vital signs.
Advantages of Telemedicine
Telemedicine provides a number of advantages for patients. It can be difficult for some in rural communities to access medical specialists, such as cardiologists or mental health professionals. Many of these specialists are located hours away from their home, and it can be expensive and time-consuming to travel to a doctor’s appointment. Telemedicine brings advanced medical services directly to patients, saving time and money. Patients can skip lengthy travel and bypass the waiting room experience, streamlining all aspects of their care.
If a patient requires a follow-up visit to a doctor, telemedicine can reduce missed appointments and improve health. It’s especially effective when connecting patients to counselors or addiction services, improving the likelihood of recovery through continued support.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine is especially useful in allowing all of our patients access to their providers without having to risk exposure by leaving their homes.