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What Is Telehealth? How Can I Schedule An Appointment?

March 27, 2020

Telehealth is not meant to replace the primary care physician-patient relationship. It's an online doctor visit that provides a new option for minor healthcare issues. Telehealth connects you with your physician via your phone, laptop or computer. Your "virtual doctor" can help treat any non-emergency medical conditions you might have. You can even get a prescription sent to the pharmacy of your choice, from the comfort of your own home. 

Telehealth is also known as an online doctor visit, or a virtual doctor visit. Online doctor visits are designed to provide easier access to care. They can save you time and money (like gas mileage). Telehealth appointments will also keep you away from people who may already be sick.

So, let’s take a look at how you can schedule a telehealth appointment with an online doctor and what can be treated during a virtual doctor visit.

Scheduling Your Telehealth Appointment 

You’ll schedule a virtual doctor appointment much the same way you would an office visit. It starts by creating a free account with your provider on their mobile app or website. You’ll also be asked to provide your medical history. 

Also, information about your insurance plan will be securely stored at this time.

After scheduling your appointment, you’ll receive instructions on how to connect to your virtual visit by email or text. It’s very easy to do and won’t require you to download or install any software. After providing access to the camera on your smartphone, tablet or computer, you’ll be ready to go. 

What You’ll Need For A Virtual Doctor Appointment

To start seeing an online doctor, you’ll need your smartphone, desktop computer or laptop. 

You’ll also need:

  • A webcam  telehealth
  • Tablet
  • Microphone 

Most webcams already have a microphone built-in, so you should be able to connect right away.

What Conditions Are Treated During Virtual Doctor Visits?

Online doctors are board-certified and trained to treat a wide range of conditions during a virtual visit. 

They can help you with things like chronic disease management and follow up of such conditions including diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol management, as well as many other health conditions. Also, your virtual doctor will be able to follow up with you on testing results including lab or other diagnostic testing.

Insurance Coverage For Telehealth 

Many insurances are waiving copays and patient's financial responsibility for telehealth visits. But most insurance companies offer some form of coverage for telehealth services.

And Medicare telehealth services include: 

  • Office Visits
  • Psychotherapy
  • Consultations

To be sure, either you, or someone from your doctor’s office, will need to call your insurance company and ask if virtual doctor visits are covered under your specific policy. 

Telehealth appointments are an effective way to get non-emergency medical treatment fast, from the comfort of your own home. You’ll still have to visit your doctor’s office from time to time, but if you’re in urgent need of non-emergency care, a virtual doctor appointment is all you may need

North Ohio Heart and Ohio Medical Group are proud to now be offering telehealth appointments for all of our patients. Visit our Telehealth Services page or call to request your telehealth appointment today

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