MEDICAL SPOTLIGHT: Health First’s TeleHealth Services Transforms Urgent Care Consultation
By Space Coast Daily // July 24, 2016
Telemedicine May Offer Cheaper Options
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – After years of big promises, telemedicine is finally living up to its potential as routine online consultations are generally less expensive than an office visit, according to The Wall Street Journal.
In Brevard County, Health First TeleHealth is now offering a consultation with a Health-First Medical Group provider over the telephone or through video conferencing.
CLICK HERE for more information or to request a Health First TeleHealth consultation.
Doctors are now communicating with urgent care patients by phone, e-mail and webcam and using new devices to relay their blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs to their doctors so they can manage chronic conditions at home. TeleHealth may be appropriate for patients with urgent but simple medical issues who are out of the area or who otherwise are unable to come to an urgent care site.
Examples of clinical problems which may be appropriate for Health First TeleHealth treatment includes Allergies, Asthma, Bronchitis, Cold and Flu, Constipation, Diarrhea, Ear Infection, Fever, Pink Eye, Insect Bites, Joint Aches, Nausea, Rashes, Sinus Infections, Sore Throat and UTI. Note: If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
HOW IT WORKS:
• Patient registers for a TeleHealth consultation online and selects an available call-back time.
• TeleHealth will call the patient at the designated phone number at the reserved time.
• The TeleHealth coordinator will verify the patient’s identity, confirm eligibility, take payment (credit card) information and update the patient’s medication and allergy information.
• The TeleHealth coordinator will hand-off the call to the healthcare provider who will consult with the patient regarding their acute problem and determine whether it can be initially managed over-the-phone.
CLICK HERE for more information or to request a TeleHealth consultation.