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During unprecedented times like the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual services and contact-free methods of communication are important for many people. It is especially important in the field of healthcare. New methods of delivering care such as telehealth checkups and video virtual appointments are innovative and popular methods of meeting with health care providers. The article below describes how one health clinic expanded its services through patient portals, secure messaging, and video appointments – all of which are HIPAA compliant. Web products and services such as these helps create more viable options for patients who are reluctant to see their providers in person out of concerns for COVID-19. In addition, the option to be able to create and use a personal portal for setting up and managing appointments provides a sense of security for many.

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“Cancer doesn’t stop even during a global pandemic. And while cancer screenings may not be top of mind or you’ve been putting it off … it is important to make it a priority” are the final words of this article. This may strike an uncomfortable cord within many patients, as delaying routine care has become the norm. For many, the perceived risk of breaking quarantine or even spending time near healthcare professionals seems to outweigh the benefits of getting routinely checked.

In the above article, they mention a study done by the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science: “They found that the number of mammograms, colonoscopies and pap smears declined by 87%, 90% and 83%, respectively, compared with February 2020, a month before the pandemic was declared”. Even pre-pandemic, getting patients to routinely screen for cancer was a common problem. The pandemic has disrupted every single aspect of life, but it should not get in the way of routine medical care.

Early detection of cancer is critical. Cancer doesn’t stop because of a pandemic, and neither should routine medical care.

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Updated: Aug 10, 2021

As patients, we understand that the hurdles in the medical industry are great. From ensuring that your safety is your provider’s number one concern, feeling heard by your doctor ,and being able to trust your medical provider, there are many characteristics that make a medical provider a good one. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when searching for one.

  1. Familial Fondness

One notable tip to find a doctor is to look within your own circle of family and friends. The concept of a family doctor has existed since the beginning of modern medicine. The feeling of knowing that your doctor not only knows you but also your father, mother, or close friend, offers a feeling of safety for many patients and can highlight and authentic concern for your well-being. If you are looking for a provider and don’t know where to start, ask your family and close friends if they have a recommendation and consider contacting their provider to see if that doctor is a good fit for you,

2. Doctor with Relevant Expertise

There are many doctors out there with extensive experience and education. However, the most important part of a doctor’s expertise is the relevance to your needs... If you have a chronic condition, you may want to choose a primary care provider that specializes in the field related to that condition or has a special interest in treating patients with that condition. Relevant expertise is important.

3. Be Honest and Transparent with any potential Doctors

A major concern that doctors have when meeting new patients is how transparent those patients will be about their health concerns. Many patients tend to downplay their symptoms which can lead to a misdiagnosis or a more obfuscated doctor’s visit. It’s important for both doctor and patient to be transparent about their concerns and the process leading to a diagnosis. This will ensure an appropriate treatment plan and help create a relationship that is mutually beneficial for both doctor and patient.

There are many qualities that make a doctor suitable for someone. By starting with these 3 tips, you can lay the foundation to find a doctor that is best for you.

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