Especially now, during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want you to be well informed about telemedicine, the 21st century video version of an old-fashioned doctor’s housecall. Chances are, your doctor or other health provider offers telemedicine services via a HIPAA-secure application like DOXY.ME, or via their Patient Portal.
Your independent provider will work with you directly to familiarize you with their telemedicine program. Musts:
If you want more information, the links below will take you to articles and short videos on the ins and outs and pros and cons of telemedicine, and on how to set up your workspace to get maximum benefit from telemedicine “appointments” and other online communication applications (like Zoom). Additionally, you’ll find a wealth of information by Googling “Telemedicine” or searching for videos on YouTube. Just be sure it’s coming from reliable sources like hospitals, universities, and the CDC.
(Note: Be aware that these videos show images of telemedicine appointments that may be different from those of your own provider. These videos are simply to give you a sense of what telemedicine looks like between doctor and patient.)
Lastly, please click on the link to the document titled “What to Do If You Are Sick,” the most important emergency points of which are:
CDC: What to do if you are sick
How telemedicine is making healthcare convenient
Telemedicine keeping patients close to home
Telemedicine puts a doctor virtually at your bedside
Telemedicine treats patients
7 pros and cons of telemedicine
Pros and cons of telemedicine for today’s workers