Telemedicine is the practice of providing clinical care, including diagnosis and treatment, to patients using telecommunications technology when the patient and the physician are not in the same location. Basically, it means conducting visits using audio and video over the internet or telephone, rather than meeting in person.
What this means is that, we will schedule your child for a video and/or phone visit. You will open an application (app) that has been designed for this purpose on your smartphone, tablet or computer that has high-speed internet access, a camera and a microphone. An application will also be opened at our office, and we’ll be able see and talk to each other. You can be anywhere that is private and has a good internet connection.
Many patients love this new option to have a remote visit. If you choose this type of visit, you will not have to take as much time away from work, waste time in traffic, make other childcare arrangements, or have your child miss as much school.
Not all visits can be effectively conducted remotely. We will only schedule visits via telemedicine when the nature of your health concerns lends itself to this type of visit. If during the course of a Telemedicine visit, something arises that could not be adequately cared for via Telemedicine, then the Telemedicine visit may be terminated and an in-person visit would be scheduled to ensure that the best and most appropriate care is given.
Please be assured, that our Telemedicine platform is completely HIPAA compliant to protect your privacy and confidentiality during the secure communication between you and our office.
In many cases, insurers will pay for Telemedicine visits. Our office and our Telemedicine Provider will attempt to verify insurance coverage prior to your visit. Some insurances may require copays, co-insurance, or deductibles be applied to the visit. These payments will be due at the time of service and will be paid online prior to the visit.
Just think…..your child’s next pediatric visit could take place from the convenience of your own home via Telemedicine!
And unlike other Telehealth services which may connect you to an unknown doctor, by using our Telemedicine services, you will ALWAYS be connected with your child’s medical home…..our office and Dr. Solari!
Some examples of common visit types that may be accomplished via Telemedicine include:
- Colds and flu-like symptoms
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Pink eye
- Weight issues
- Behavioral issues
- Medication checks and management
- Discussion of lab results
- Follow-up Visits
Some examples of visit types that cannot be performed via Telemedicine services include:
- Visits that require a hands-on physical exam, such as the need to examine the heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, etc.
- Visits that need vital signs obtained, such as weight, height, blood pressure
- Visits that need hearing or vision evaluated
- Visits that need laboratory tests performed
- Visits that need immunizations administered
- Routine Well-Child Care Visits and Physicals, including Sports Physicals
Give our office a call if you have any questions or would like to discuss scheduling your child for a Telemedicine Visit.