When you feel unwell or have questions about your health, you will usually arrange a meeting with your primary care doctor. After getting off work, you may even go to the emergency room. However, with the development of communication technology, your care options are also expanding. With telemedicine services, you can receive medical advice anytime, anywhere without leaving home.
What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine uses telecommunications to connect patients with medical professionals and exchange information electronically. Patients can visit their providers in this way instead of visiting them in person. During telemedicine visits, doctors can evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients, including prescribing medicines, laboratory orders, or other orders that are necessary for the patient’s care.
How can it help patients?
If you suspect a UTI or you think you have strep throat you can arrange a virtual consultation with your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms.
Telemedicine is not suitable for emergencies. Anything that requires immediate hands-on care should be handled in person. However, telemedicine is very useful for simple questions and follow-up consultations.
Issues commonly covered:
Emotional Support Animal ESA Letter
Issues with Periods
New Patient Consultation for Ketamine Infusion
Upper Respiratory Infections
Is it useful?
Whether the patient lives in a remote area or has no time to see a doctor because of busy working hours, telemedicine can help improve the overall health of the patient.
Telemedicine does not mean that you will never see a doctor again. But In some cases, it does make care more accessible and affordable. In addition, it can definitely help you reduce the time spent in the doctor's waiting room.
7 tips on how to come prepared to your telemedicine appointment
1. Choose your equipment.
It is helpful to decide in advance which equipment you can use for telemedicine. It can be a computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet. It may also be important if it is based on Apple, Google, Windows or Android. It is also important to have a reliable internet connection.
2. Choose a quiet and private place.
Find a quiet meeting place so you can hear the doctor's voice, and they can hear you. This will reduce distractions and make your appointment more efficient.
3. Prepare paperwork in advance.
You will receive our new patient forms along with other paperwork depending of the type of visit that needs to be completed before the visit. This may include a list of medications you take, your primary doctor contact, pharmacy contact, insurance information, and payment information.
4. Write down the questions in advance.
When trying to remember all the things you might want to ask the doctor, the pressure of the new visit can be distracting. Writing down your important questions in advance will help you remember these questions during your visit.
5. Click on the link 5-10 minutes before.
Entering the visit early will help ensure everything is working. This will reduce the amount of time spent dealing with technical issues during the appointment.
6. View your treatment plan.
You should review the treatment plan with your doctor during the telemedicine visit so that both parties understand the next steps. It’s also helpful to write it down so you don’t forget the plan.
7. Follow up.
At the end of the telemedicine visit, follow-up visits are set up as needed.
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Types of Telemedicine Appointments | Prices
Simple Visit 15 Minute Telemedicine
Single health concern
Changes to 1 existing medication
Almost all medication refills without changes
Simple urgent needs like Bladder Infections; Yeast infections, Respiratory Infections, sick notes for work/school
Determine if a trip to the urgent care or emergency room is necessary
Moderate Visit 30 Minute Telemedicine
Moderate or 2 health concerns
2-3 Medications; refills needing dose adjustment.
Initial prescription for pain medications, ADHD medications, or ketamine for home use. (These can only be done Telemedicine while DEA has lifted the in-person requirement due to COVID-19)
Multiple medication refills that don't require changes
Complex Visit 60 Minute Telemedicine
Multiple or complex health concerns.
4 or more Medications
Recommended for all new patients that can't come to our office.