Telehealth visits are virtual office visits that let you video chat or remotely connect with your urologist or other health care provider in real-time from the comfort of your home. This means her patients are able to conduct their appointments using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Many physicians started using telehealth in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but it may be here to stay for those appointments that do not require a complete physical exam.
What is Telehealth?
Also known as telemedicine, telehealth is fast becoming a common way to see your doctor.
Telehealth visits are virtual office visits that let you video chat or remotely connect with your urologist in real-time from the comfort of your home. That means her patients are able to conduct their appointments using a computer, tablet or smart phone.
Telehealth is also helpful for people who do not have access to certain specialists in their own town. They can have a consultation with a remote specialist without having to drive long distances.
What to Expect
You can get ready for your visit by doing a technology check-up before you start your visit. Use a reliable device such as a smartphone, tablet, PC, or laptop that allows for audio/video. Make sure you are able to connect to the internet and strive for a strong connection. Think about using headphones or earbuds to help with privacy and block out noise.
A telemedicine visit is much like an in-person office visit. You are given a scheduled meeting time, with a phone number or email link that will take you to an online check-in area. You will check-in for your meeting by confirming your personal information, insurance, medications, and allergies, just as you do with an in-person visit. Then you are placed in a virtual waiting room.
Once you’re connected with the doctor, you’ll talk about your health and the reason for your visit. Your doctor will have your patient chart in front of them. During the meeting, you can talk about your symptoms, your recovery progress, and any concerns – just like you would during an in-person visit.
Privacy is Still Valued with Telehealth Visits
Your appointment is not recorded. The meeting is held on a secure network with the same privacy and security standards as the telehealth equipment you find in a hospital.