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Telemedicine (virtual office visits)

 

Introduction

Telemedicine involves the use of electronic communications (video, smartphones, tablets, computers, etc) to provide patient care remotely. The telemedicine visit will be similar to an in-person medical office visit, except interactive video technology will allow you to communicate with a physician from a distance. The telemedicine encounter may include review of recent medical events, discussion of concerns and symptoms, review of vital signs/patient-assisted examination, review of laboratory and imaging results, and creation of a treatment plan with directions, prescriptions, additional testing and follow-up.

 

At first you may find it difficult or uncomfortable to communicate using video images but over time it should become easier. Electronic systems used will incorporate network and software security protocols to protect the confidentiality of patients and to safeguard the data and to ensure its integrity against intentional or unintentional corruption or disclosure.

 

Goals and Benefits:

· Access to medical care from healthcare providers at distant sites.

· More efficient and timely medical evaluation and management.

· Continuity of care when circumstances prevent in-person medical visits.

 

Possible Risks:

As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks associated with the use of telemedicine.

These risks include, but are not be limited to:

· Signs and symptoms that might be detected during an in-person physical examination may not be detected through telemedicine encounters;

· Information transmitted may not be sufficient (e.g. poor resolution of images, poor audio quality) to allow for appropriate medical decision making by the provider;

· Delays in medical evaluation and treatment could occur due to deficiencies or failures of the

equipment;

· Rarely, security protocols could fail, causing a breach of privacy of personal medical information;

· Rarely, a lack of access to complete medical records may result in adverse drug interactions, adverse outcomes, or other errors;

 

Patient Consent To The Use of Telemedicine

At the time of each telemedicine appointment, all patients will be required to review and accept our telemedicine terms of service and consent to the virtual visit. If you have any additional questions or concerns, or to schedule a telemedicine appointment with your physician, please call the office.