Published on May 20th, 2020
If you are one of the many adults who have decided to join the telehealth movement, it’s best to get started out the right way.
Countless physicians are now offering video visits in which they can perform a follow-up to an initial in-person checkup.
There are several formats and various ways to go about it, but you’ll just need to remember to follow your doctor’s directions.
In most cases, the medical office staff will send you an email message a few days before your scheduled appointment so you’ll know how to set up the technical things like webcams and microphones on your end.
The entire field of telehealth is booming and includes others from home services like ordering prescriptions via email and having them delivered right to your doorstep, getting medical marijuana (MMJ) cards online, which you can now do in several states, including Oklahoma.
Getting an MMJ card is as easy as filling out a short form, verifying a few pieces of personal data, and submitting the application.
Shortly after you’ll receive your MMJ card ready for use at the dispensary of your choice.
Here are some helpful suggestions for anyone who plans to set up a telehealth session with their physician:
1. Do Your Testing In Advance
If your health care provider asks you to get blood tests or vital sign measurements, do so on the date ordered.
Don’t go to the video exam without doing your testing. Most medical professionals will need that data in order to conduct a comprehensive check-up.
2. Check Video And Audio Settings The Day Before
If you don’t know how to hook up our computer for a video meeting, have someone help you and do so the night before your appointment.
3. Wear Presentable Clothing
Unless you are very ill and doing the session from the bed, which happens in many cases, try to wear business casual clothing.
Because you might have to stand up, move around, and do various physical activities during the exam, remember to wear full-body clothing, not just the top half, which you can get away with on some video meetings.
Because this is a medical exam, be fully clothed in case you are asked to perform a range of motion exercises so the doctor can assess your mobility.
4. Arrive Early
Log in to the video conference room early so you can double-check your technical settings, camera, sound, etc.
Try to have everything ready to begin five minutes before the scheduled appointment.
If you think of anything you want to ask the doctor and haven’t already written it down, do so now.
Most physicians will give you a chance to ask multiple questions about your current health status during the session, but it’s good to be as prepared as possible.
5. Take Notes
Avoid the temptation to just stare at the screen when the doctor is speaking. If you hear something pertinent and want to remember it, write it down.
If your physician asks you a question, answer immediately and speak in a clear voice that is about the same volume as your normal conversational tone.
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