Virtual Primary Care
What is virtual primary care?
Virtual primary care is an element of telehealth focusing on the technological delivery of primary care services. Healthcare providers and patients meet on devices, such as tablets, laptops or phones, to conduct virtual primary care appointments.
Virtual primary care supports medication management, treatment, chronic care management, diagnosis and mental health support, among other services. Since primary care appointments occur regularly, virtual primary care is long-term.
Why is virtual primary care important to healthcare?
Virtual primary care is important because it makes primary care services safer, more convenient and more accessible since a patient only needs a device with an internet connection. Improved convenience and accessibility lead to better health outcomes overall. Virtual primary care also allows for more flexible scheduling and frequent, responsive communication.