Update On Telemedicine

Telemedicine is the practice of medicine using technology to deliver care at a distance. A physician or provider in one location can video conference with a patient in the comfort and safety of home. 

During this time, telemedicine is a valuable way for patients to continue to receive cardiology care without coming into our office. It is not attended to address urgent cardiac issues and we still offer office visits.

Below are answers to common questions:

What types of issues can be addressed?

Although video conferencing cannot take the place of an in-office visit, our medical team and patients are finding these visits to be very beneficial. Your provider can:

  • Review your medications including dosages, refills, and updates
  • Review your home blood pressure numbers if you have a home cuff
  • Perform a wellness check and rule out any concerning symptoms
  • Discuss your treatment plan and determine if updates are needed
  • Answer your questions and concerns.
  • Help you avoid trips to the ER or hospital
  • Determine if an office visit is needed

Patients are finding the telemedicine process easy to use and valuable. We urge you to give it a try, especially before rescheduling.

How do I get started?

Call our office to schedule a visit. We use a few different video conferencing tools and our team will determine the best one for you and will walk you through the steps.

What do you need to do a telehealth visit?

You can use any of the following:

  • Smartphone
  • Apple iPad or a tablet with camera
  • Personal computer or laptop w/camera

What do I need to do to get the most out of my telemedicine visit?

  • Find a quiet room to give you privacy.
  • Make sure you have lighting in front of your face, rather than behind (which will put you in a shadow)
  • Prop your smartphone, iPad, laptop or pc up to keep it steady & pointed at your face (rather than the ground or ceiling)
  • Think about any concerns or questions you would like to address.

How do I start my telemedicine visit?

For your initial telehealth appointment, one of our friendly office staff with call you ahead of time to guide you through the process on connecting with your doctor.

For subsequent visits, you can either call our office for help or just follow a few simple steps to start the visit at a designated time.  Telemedicine visits can only be conducted by appointment.

Is my telemedicine visit covered by my insurance?

Yes, with the onset of COVID-10, Medicare and many of the major insurers began covering telemedicine visits.