Switching to online appointments may seem overwhelming at first, especially if you’re not familiar with computers. In reality, virtual appointments aren’t as daunting as they seem, as long as you’re prepared! Recently, Medicaid has expanded its coverage to include more options for virtual appointments, something much needed with social distancing measures still in effect. Therefore, most appointments can be carried out via telehealth services.
If you are transitioning to virtual appointments, how do you prepare? Here is a guide to help.
Things You’ll Need:
To conduct an appointment virtually, there are a few technological requirements. First, you’ll need a device that can connect to the internet. Doctors prefer to use secure applications that specialize in telehealth services. They will usually provide you with a link to the platform of their choice. You won’t need to sign up for anything—these services are completely free.
Next, you’ll need to make sure the device you plan to use has a camera and microphone. Cell phones, tablets, and modern PCs will all have cameras and microphones installed to make video calls easier, and if you’re reading this on your phone, then you already have everything you’ll need!
Before you begin your appointment, be sure to check your insurance coverage as well. While many policies have changed to account for quarantine, it is always important to speak with your doctor about what aspects of your appointment will be covered!
What Kind of Appointment Are You Having?
Now that you’ve got the tech and insurance out of the way, it’s time to determine what kind of appointment you’re having. Depending on the nature of the appointment, you might be expected to have certain information or equipment ready for your doctor to review. Fortunately, you can prepare accordingly to make things go as smoothly as possible.
If you have a medication check-up, for example, have your medication information ready, along with any changes to your medication and any strange symptoms or changes in your health. Neurology appointments, on the other hand, may require information about any lifestyle changes alongside medication information. Doctors may also request blood work or other testing in-person during these telehealth appointments as well.
Basically, prepare for a virtual appointment like you would an in-person one. Have your medication, lifestyle, and insurance information at the ready. Sometimes though, you can further prepare for an at-home checkup with extra supplies.
Supplies That Can Make At-Home Check Ups Easier
During any doctors’ visit, there are a few constants: your temperature, weight, and blood pressure are taken. Since doctors cannot directly check these things for you, it’s best to prepare for an upcoming appointment by providing as much information as possible.
You might be asked to take your temperature, so be sure to have a thermometer, which you can use before any virtual health appointment when you’re feeling sick. This can make diagnosis easier for your doctor! Blood pressure monitors can help determine your exact blood pressure as well, which is a must for anyone who visits the doctor frequently for blood pressure related issues.
You can also provide doctors with your current weight by using an at-home scale. For dietician appointments, or an appointment that involves monitoring weight loss or weight gain, having a scale during periods of isolation will help both yourself and doctors keep an eye on fluctuating body weight.
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