Telehealth

Telehealth is a way to receive healthcare (and mental health care) services digitally. Telehealth allows you to video or phone conference with your provider through computers, tablets, or smartphones to virtually connect to your doctor, counselor, or case manager without leaving your home. (National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers). Telehealth is a way to receive care from your provider while you remain at home. It can help keep you and your family safe by staying away from clinic and waiting rooms. The goal of Appleseed  is to ensure that you receive the same high-quality care that you would get by coming in for a visit. 

If you’ve never had a health care visit that wasn’t in-person, it might be hard to picture what the visit will be like. A video visit is the closest option to an in-person visit. And the goal is to make the telehealth visit as much like an in-person visit as possible.

Benefits to Telehealth

  • Safety — reduces everyone’s exposure during COVID-19
  • Convenience
  • Time-saving — no need to commute
  • Save on travel/transportation costs
  • Reduces wait time for services

Sources : Telehealth.HHS.Gov and CDC

 

What Equipment Do I Need?


To participate in Telehealth, you will need stable internet and a computer, tablet, or smartphone are all that’s needed to use telehealth. 

One of the biggest barriers that prevents patients from doing telehealth is not being able to afford the cost of internet or phone services. Federal and non-profit organizations may be able to help.

Source: Telehealth.HHS.Gov

Setting up a video visit

If you’re using video to talk with a provider, there are a few things you can do ahead of time to help the visit run smoothly.

  • Choose a spot with plenty of light. If you’re using the camera on your phone, try turning on the flash if necessary.
  • Make sure the camera is steady. This will be easier if you’re using a computer or laptop. To keep a phone steady, prop it up on a desk or table.
  • Get comfortable. You’ll have an easier time focusing on the visit if your body is comfortable. This is another reason to prop up your phone — your arm will get pretty tired if you’re trying to hold the phone out in front of you during your visit.
  • Reduce background noise. This can be tricky when there are a lot of people in the house. But if you can, find a quiet activity for the kids — or your roommates — in a separate room.
  • Close other applications. Some applications will slow down your internet connection. And even if they don’t, closing them will cut down on distractions.

Adopted from: Telehealth.HHS.Gov

Contact Appleseed's office to schedule a Telehealth visit at 419-281-3716

 

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