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Telehealth Benefits - Convenient Care

You know you need to go to the doctor, but with a busy schedule, you don’t have time to make an appointment. But thanks to a new app—you’re just a few clicks or swipes away from speaking to a doctor. “Telehealth, is basically you can access a physician whether you do it from your phone, laptop, iPad, those kinds of things, without having to leave your house—So if you’re feeling sick and you don’t feel like driving and waiting in a clinic, it’s an easy option,” explained Dr. Karen Calkins, a convenient care physician with Lee Health. Dr. Calkins is one of many health experts you can choose to speak to using the Lee Telehealth mobile app. “I think it certainly provides something that’s much more available to people with busy lives. If you’re at work, you can just pull up your laptop and do a visit virtually. It’s pretty handy,” she said. Things like headaches, stomach aches, sore throat, flu-like symptoms, even injuries can all be diagnosed virtually. “You can definitely talk to the patient, you can see the patient, get clues from how they look, how they’re breathing, their cough, you can hear how they sound, and you can diagnose,” she said. If patients need a prescription, doctors can e-prescribe a medication to a nearby pharmacy. “It certainly doesn’t replace people’s primary care physicians, and face-to-face visits are necessary too. If they need to be seen in person, let’s say if maybe they need an x-ray, stitches, things like that,” said Dr. Calkins. An easy option to help patients get the care they need without having to leave their home. View More Health Matters video segments at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit