For the last two years, providers at SG Pediatrics have been successfully using healow TeleVisits™ to see patients from home. So when the need for social distancing arose, they already had the tools in place to move all of their appointments online.
healow Telehealth Solutions offer providers more
As the number of cases of coronavirus continues to climb throughout the U.S. and the world, so too does the number of physicians and patients using telehealth solutions. For many healthcare visits — including primary and specialty care, follow-up visits, and quick check-in appointments — telehealth is proving to be an effective tool in promoting quality care during a time of crisis.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, practices are looking for an effective way to treat patients without having them physically come into the office. For Comprehensive Sleep Center, a practice located in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, healow TeleVisits™ have been that option – the practice completely switching to TeleVisits within three days of activation.
Coronavirus is the latest case in point
The resurgence of telehealth amid the coronavirus pandemic is a reminder of the lifesaving role that remote delivery of medical services has always played.
Whether for reducing the risk of infection, delivering care to remote places, or helping with recovery from natural disasters, telehealth is once more proving its value as a critical part of the worldwide healthcare ecosystem.
The rules of the telehealth game may have changed, but you still want to play by the right rules. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights recently announced the waiver of certain penalties for noncompliance with HIPAA regulations.
South Florida practice shows the way
With the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, medical practices across the nation have been sounding an urgent note — “Get me telemedicine, stat!”
Just how quickly can a practice get up and running with an industry-leading telemedicine solution such as healow TeleVisits™?
A South Florida endocrinology practice using eClinicalWorks, Palm Beach Thyroid and Endocrinology Wellness, enabled TeleVisits on Monday, March 16. Just two days later, Dr. Anna Frish was able to report that 80% of the practice’s daily visits were being conducted online.
On March 4, 2020, Congress appropriated $8.3 billion through the “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020,” to combat the public health threats posed by the spread of coronavirus. The legislation includes $500 million allowing Health and Human Services to temporarily waive certain Medicare restrictions and requirements regarding telehealth services during the coronavirus public health emergency.
Pioneered by the U.S. Army
Many doctors and patients today are using telemedicine, connecting via computer or mobile device for a range of medical and behavioral health concerns, from assessing pain to examining a skin rash to discussing medications. But going to the dentist? Doesn’t that still mean a physical office visit?
Maybe not. In 1994, the U.S. Army’s Total Dental Access Project showed that teledentistry could reduce costs while extending dental care to rural areas where dentists may not be readily available.
For those accustomed to years of office visits for cleaning and drilling of teeth, the question is obvious: How do they do that?
How do you provide care to underserved patients who have difficulty getting to the office? This was the challenge we were trying to solve at The Clark Clinic. Some of our patients don’t have access to a vehicle or are physically restricted and unable to travel far. But, as most of our community is underserved, we needed to collectively identify a solution to ensure we can serve all our patients.
Telemedicine is transforming healthcare by making optimal use of healthcare resources. By providing an in-office experience remotely, healow TeleVisits lets providers deliver the same high-quality medicine while letting patients experience the comfort and convenience of being at home or on the road. Not every medical encounter requires a physical office visit, and TeleVisits are ideal for pre-op consultations, quick post-op checkups, and many routine encounters. Secure and fully integrated into the eClinicalWorks EHR, TeleVisits are making care easier and more efficient.
Established in 2004, Rainbow Pediatric Center (RPC) has seven providers serving patients in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra, Florida. We work thoroughly at bridging the gaps in healthcare and providing quality healthcare to our patients. Regarding ADHD patients, we knew that close follow-up with patients yielded better outcomes. We noticed that some parents were having difficulty getting children to appointments. Parents did not want to pull their children out of school for frequent check-ups and we were unable to meet the demands of requested after-school visits. This was a big barrier to care.
Sunday was our last day together at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, but even though the conclusion of the 2018 eClinicalWorks National Conference was in sight, it was clearly no time to let up on the learning and networking.