Not long ago, if you had an urgent health concern, you likely would visit an urgent care center or head in to your doctor’s office if it was during office hours and he or she could accommodate you. If it was after hours, your options were to wait it out or head to the emergency room. It wasn’t always ideal, but it was how the world operated.
Now, patients can access a doctor anytime through their smartphone, computer or tablet. Virtual care visits are revolutionizing the way we receive care in our 24/7 world, and technology will only enhance options in the future.
To learn more about telemedicine, we recently connected with Dr. Bob Bernstein, Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Carena, Inc.
OSF HealthCare partners with Carena to provide the virtual urgent care service OSF OnCall.
Though he’s located in Seattle, Dr. Bernstein connected with our Illinois staff via his laptop to talk about this convenient resource and answer some of our pressing questions, such as, how does a doctor diagnose a sinus infection online, anyway?