What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status.


What does that mean?

It means that a doctor that is not physically present at your hospital, will have access to your medical records and virtually visit, communicate and examine you and give your main doctors at the hospital a medical opinion concerning an issue with on your current condition. 


Why am I ' chosen ' to see the doctor via Telemedicine?

Your main doctor requested the assistance of an Infectious Disease Specialist in rendering a diagnosis and management in your particular situation.

How am I going to talk to the Doctor?

The same way you speak to all your other doctors.The device has a microphone and the doctor would be able to hear everything you say.

What does it involve?

This will involve the use of live interactive video or the use of store and forward transmission of diagnostic images.


How are they going to Examine me?

A nurse or aide will assist with unwrapping wounds that may need to be visualized and with placing the stethoscope.


How does it benefit me?

  • Telemedicine prevents you from being transferred out of the hospital to another facility, away from your support team of family       and loved ones.
  • Telemedicine prevents you from having to travel to a distant facility for follow up and specialty care.
  • Telemedicine decreases your wait time for immediate care and answers concerning your condition. If you came to the hospital       for care you would like an answer as soon as possible.


What about my Privacy?

The videoconnection used is always secure. It is encrypted end-to-end.


What should I do during the session?

​​Before the encounter: Think of questions and write them down


During the Encounter : Ask your questions


After the encounter: Think of more questions and write them down


You are your best advocate and you need to be clear on your current medical status and the plan 

 infectious Disease Specialist

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