UPDATE: December 8, 2020
We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Virtual Patient Care website and chat line.
We hope that you’ll like the new streamlined look and resources.
We apologize for the inconvenience and unavailability of the Virtual Patient Care website.
We are building a better website to help better serve our patients.
Source: medical video visits by Bold Yellow from the Noun Project
By John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network
Sophie’s dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer right as the pandemic shut down started. There were a lot of doctor’s appointments and tests to keep track of, and Sophie really needed to be there for all of the appointments – there was no way that her 87-year-old dad could keep track of everything the doctors said. The in-person visits went well – the cancer center understood that she had to be there. But when the appointments became video appointments, things got really complicated, really fast. Sophie got her father a webcam and taught him how to use it. But the first video appointment was set up as a FaceTime call – so Sophie had to teach her dad how to FaceTime. Then, there were a series of registration questions in some app that wouldn’t allow the text to appear large enough for her dad to read it, so Sophie took care of that, too. The next doctor wouldn’t let her join the video appointment unless she was in the same room as her dad. After several telehealth visits, it got easier and the benefits of not exposing her dad to COVID, outweighed the tech challenges.
What is a video appointment? Is it the same as telehealth? Is this even a real doctor’s visit? Is it covered by insurance? What if my loved one doesn’t have a smart phone or a computer?
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