Telehealth video links offer convenient, timely access to trusted health care. Keviene Rutherford, MD, at Rutherford Medical Center in Alpharetta, Georgia, uses secure, confidential telehealth to help patients who can’t visit him in person. If you’re short of time, too sick to travel, or away from home, telehealth is the answer. Call Rutherford Medical Center or book a telehealth or in-person appointment online today.

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What is telehealth?

Telehealth is an increasingly important way to receive health care services, bypassing face-to-face meetings. Instead, Rutherford Medical Center uses secure video link technology. You access the link using your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

Telehealth offers several advantages. It’s more convenient, saving you the hassle of taking time off work or arranging child care. It’s also a more economical way to access health care.

You don’t need to risk picking up an infection from other patients or people you might meet on your way to and from the office. Plus, if you feel sick, using telehealth means you can stay at home and not struggle to go out.

What conditions does telehealth cover?

Conditions your doctor can diagnose and treat using telehealth include:

  • Acne
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Coughs, colds, and flu
  • Insect bites
  • Allergies
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Conjunctivitis (pinkeye)
  • Rashes
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Bronchitis

In addition to urgent care, Rutherford Medical Center offers telehealth support services for men’s and women’s health problems and chronic disease management for patients with long-term conditions like sleep apnea.

How does telehealth work?

Telehealth works in a very similar way to in-person consultations. Your doctor contacts you at your appointment time using secure online services. Rutherford Medical Center’s telehealth services are HIPAA compliant and use end-to-end encryption to ensure your safety and confidentiality.

You and your doctor can see and hear each other over the video link. You discuss your symptoms, and your doctor accesses your medical records so that they can see if you have any other health problems that could be relevant.

If you have a visible symptom like a rash, your doctor might want to see the area in detail using your device’s camera. Or they might ask you to show them exactly where your pain is.

If your doctor can offer a diagnosis and treatment, they send a prescription to your pharmacy and/or advise you on what steps to take next. You might have to book an in-person follow-up visit if your doctor needs to examine you or run diagnostic tests.

Where can I access telehealth from?

You can access Rutherford Medical Center’s telehealth service from anywhere with a secure internet connection. Tablets, laptops, smartphones, and desktop computers are all suitable for telehealth.

Even if you’re too sick to travel or you’re away from home, telehealth ensures that you can access trusted health care from your regular primary care provider.

Call Rutherford Medical Center to learn more about telehealth or book an appointment online today.