Although it’s been around for several years, the demand for telehealth services has recently exploded as we find ourselves adjusting to a new way of life. More and more people are finding themselves unable, or unwilling, to go into their doctor’s office or local health clinic.
And we can’t blame them.
Why risk catching the virus at your doctor’s office, if there’s a better way to get the medical care you need? Now, many people are trying virtual doctor appointments for the first time and aren’t quite sure what to expect.
“What does a virtual appointment mean?” and “How does a telemedicine appointment work?” are common questions for those new to telehealth.
Here at Secure Healthcare, we’ve been providing telehealth services for years. So believe us when we say that we can provide you with the best advice to prepare for your first virtual appointment.
How Do I Prepare for a Telehealth Appointment?
We’re glad you asked! Coming prepared to your appointment helps you and the doctor make the most of your time together, and when your health is on the line this is a must.
Let’s talk about how you should prepare for your telehealth appointment.
Have the Right Tech
Without the right technology, a virtual appointment can be difficult or even impossible. Before your appointment, make sure you have everything you need, including:
A strong internet connection or reliable cell service A functioning camera. Video visits are always preferred over phone calls, and some states require video. Test your audio and video ahead of time go to Secure Healthcare Website. Benefits of secure healthcare website include secure in-app video conferencing, seamless medical record integration, lab result tracking and referencing, and unlimited in-app messaging with our care team.
“Prior to your appointment, check your internet connection and make sure your video, microphone and speakers are functional.”
Make Sure You Can Be Treated Online
Don’t risk wasting your time for something that can’t be handled with an online appointment. Online doctors are a great solution for most urgent and primary care health needs.
So, what can an online doctor treat?
The most commonly treated conditions online include:
Urinary tract infections
Cold and flu
High blood pressure
Common Online Prescriptions Our Doctors Write Are:
If you’re not sure if you’re condition can be treated online ask our support team by emailing [email protected]
It’s also important to note that online doctors CAN help with conditions that require testing prior to diagnosis, such as STDs and thyroid conditions.
The online doctor will simply refer you for lab testing just as your in-person doctor would. The Secure Healthcare doctor can ensure they order you all the necessary lab tests and locate the closest lab to you.
You’ll go get tested and your results will be electronically sent back to the Secure Healthcare doctor. The doctor will then schedule a follow up appointment with you, to go over your results, make a diagnosis and prescribe a treatment plan.
What can online doctors NOT do?
Online doctors are not a solution for emergencies.
During your appointment, avoid distractions like:
Tending to children Cooking Driving Changing clothes (yeah, we’re a little surprised we have to mention this too)Performing other activities, especially loud ones
Be on Time
At Secure Healthcare, our doctors make it to your appointment on time.
If you’re late you may not get enough time with the doctor, because they will need to leave in order to be on time to their next appointment.
At Secure Healthcare 97% of conditions are treated on the first visit.
All our doctors are board certified and are graduates from the top 50 U.S. medical schools. Combined, they have an average of 15 years’ experience and all of them have practiced as in-person doctors while some still do, in addition to practicing telehealth.
And remember, if the online doctor is ever unable to safely or effectively treat you, they will refer you to an in-person doctor for treatment and you will receive a full refund.
NPR. Telehealth Tips: How To Make The Most Of Video Visits With Your Doctor. Accessed on June 16, 2020 at https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/04/15/828084250/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-virtual-medical-appointment
US News. How to Get the Most Out of a Virtual Doctor’s Appointment. Accessed on June 16, 2020 at https://health.usnews.com/conditions/articles/how-to-prepare-for-a-virtual-doctors-visit
Essence. How To Make The Most Of Your Virtual Doctor’s Appointment. Accessed on June 16, 2020 at https://www.essence.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/virtual-doctors-appointment/
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