Keeping Healthy at Home: Preparing for a Telehealth Appointment
Things to know before setting up your virtual doctor visit
With our information-based society and amid increased safety concerns, the internet can be a valuable tool in wellness and healthcare. It’s becoming more and more commonplace to make — and participate in — doctor’s appointments virtually. Known as virtual or telehealth appointments, there can be real advantages to taking certain medical visits online.
First and foremost, a virtual visit minimizes risk to both the patient and the healthcare provider. A potentially susceptible patient does not expose him or herself to a variety of potential diseases and infections present in a typical waiting room.
Secondly, it vastly improves access to care for people with limited mobility, or those living in a remote location. Non-emergency care such as wellness visits are quicker and easier, as is coaching for services like weight management, nutrition and even physical or speech therapy.
But before you tie up your home-based examination gown behind you, make sure that you’ve done some preparation to make sure it all goes smoothly.
Check your technology
Find out from your doctor what platform you’ll be meeting through and make sure it’s downloaded on your device and tested before your appointment time. Many health networks have their own app for your smart phone or tablet, so you want to make sure that you are using the correct one. Don’t be waiting for your doctor to join a Zoom call while their office exclusively uses Doxy.
Double check that the technology you’ll be using is covered for insurance reimbursement, as Medicare and Medicaid may have certain restrictions for allowed secure software.
Since you’ll have the opportunity to take notes, make sure that you have the ability to go hands-free with your device. The laws about recording telehealth appointments vary from state to state, so if this is an option you want to consider, consult with your healthcare provider’s office beforehand.
Prepare as you would for any doctor’s visit
First, be sure to complete any requested forms before your appointment time. Then, have any questions for the provider ready to go – and that you’re ready to answer questions about current medications you’re taking, symptoms and other pertinent information.
Set up in a well-lit, quiet, private space where you have access to a strong, reliable WiFi signal. Try to keep interruptions and disruptions to a minimum. This is your valuable time with your doctor— and their valuable time.
Home healthcare depends upon healthy home care
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Not medical advice. Consult your physician with any health-related inquiries.
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