We interviewed Family Nurse Practitioner, Ed H., to learn how telemedicine has enhanced his ability to connect with patients virtually while reducing his family's risk of exposure to COVID-19.
What’s your background? What did you do before practicing telemedicine?
I am a Family Nurse Practitioner working full-time in an urgent care setting. I have been a registered nurse for 12 years and a nurse practitioner for 4 years. I have always worked in healthcare— I started my career as a medical assistant many years ago.
What’s your life like outside of work?
I live in Las Vegas, NV, but grew up in Chicago, IL. I am happily married with two daughters. I love to play video games with them, travel, and be part of their growth. I enjoy cooking and eating different kinds of foods!
What brought you to telemedicine?
I decided to try telehealth as a means to supplement my income in 2018. I have a love for technology and its ability to connect people and resources.
What’s your recent Wheel Moment of Freedom?
I have worried about treating patients face-to-face because of the recent pandemic. I worry about catching the virus and taking it home to my family. The experience of seeing and treating patients with COVID-19 concerns through telemedicine made me realize how virtual care is allowing me to eliminate exposure to the virus and keep my family safe by not bringing anything home.
What do you think the future of healthcare holds?
I'm very excited and eager to be part of the changes happening in telehealth. I believe that the recent pandemic has boosted the necessity and importance of telemedicine in order to provide quality, timely, and personalized care to the masses. I hope to see wide acceptance from the public as well as the loosening of licensing and practice restrictions and hurdles by governing bodies in the near future.
I believe the recent pandemic has boosted the necessity and importance of telemedicine in order to provide quality, timely, and personalized care to the masses.
Thanks, Ed, for being an essential member of the #WheelCareTeam!
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Learn more about provider experiences in our previous spotlight interviews with a nurse practitioner providing care during his travels, a nurse practitioner making more time for her grandchildren, and an urgent care telemedicine nurse practitioner balancing career and family.