Telemedicine (virtual office visits)

Introduction

Telemedicine uses secure video conferencing to connect patients and physicians. Your telemedicine visit will be similar to an in-person medical office visit, except interactive video will allow you to see and communicate with a physician from home. The telemedicine encounter may include review of medical events, review of symptoms, vital signs and patient-assisted examination, review of laboratory results, and creation of a treatment plan, prescriptions, additional testing and follow-up as needed. Our systems use internet security protocols to protect confidentiality and data.

***Log-In Instructions for Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone***

 

COMPUTER: Telemedicine works best using a computer with a built in camera. Simply open the email with your telemedicine appointment information, and click on the link and follow the directions. 

TABLET/SMARTPHONE: Download the "ZOOM Cloud Meetings" app from your app store BEFORE the scheduled appointment.

iPad/iPhone App Store: Zoom App (Apple)

Android/Google Play/Samsung ​App Store: Zoom App (Android)

Open the ZOOM app, and click "Join a Meeting"  (do NOT "sign in" with an email/password). Enter the 9-digit meeting code which is in the email appointment invitation. If you cannot find your code, call the office. After you enter the code, you should see yourself on the screen via the phone's front camera. Then accept video call. You may also have to tap the screen to allow use of the microphone. 

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:

Rsks include, but are not be limited to:

· Signs and symptoms that might be detected during an in-person visit might not be detected through telemedicine;

· Audio and video may not be sufficient to allow for appropriate medical decision making by the physician;

· Delays in medical evaluation and treatment could occur due to quality or failures of technology;

· Rarely, security protocols could fail, causing a breach of privacy and/or personal data;

· 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, patients are required to review and accept 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. 


 

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