Get Ready for Your Virtual Office Visit
Virtual Office Visit or “telemedicine” offers us the convenience of avoiding time off work, driving through traffic, parking and waiting in your doctor’s office. More importantly, visiting GMA virtually is much safer during this outbreak of CoVid-19.
We are excited to offer it to you. But in order to make your visit with your doctor or physician’s assistant (PA) safe and accurate, we’d like you to prepare before the visit.
Here is a list of things you should do before we meet for your Virtual Office Visit:
- With the help of our scheduler, decide if you want to:
- “Meet” through the Microsoft Teams, which requires downloading the app, a Wi-Fi connection, and a laptop, desktop or smart phone with microphone and camera,
- Or by FaceTime, which requires an Apple device, phone, tablet or laptop, and Wi-Fi.
- Or by Google Duo, which requires an Android phone and Wi-Fi
- Download Microsoft Teams App on your phone or tablet.
- Set up the camera on your phone or tablet so you can sit comfortably with the camera showing your shoulders, head and neck.
- Use a phone holder device so you can be hands free.
- Consider a set of ear buds with microphone for better voice reception and projection.
- Choose a quiet room with bright light for your face.
- Have a flashlight handy for close ups of your throat or a rash.
A medical assistant (MA) will ask for your vital signs at the beginning of your visit. Gather these numbers in advance.
- A recent weight
- A recent height if possible
- Blood pressure measurement, (if you are over @60, or on blood pressure meds)
- Easy-to-use, inexpensive blood pressure monitor—Omron BP710N at Target, Walmart or Amazon
- Pulse rate at rest today: count your pulse rate for 6 sec and multiply by 10
- Temperature, check under your tongue or via a forehead scanner
- Oxygen level for those with lung problems, asthma, COPD, pneumonia, etc.
- Easy to use, accurate and inexpensive fingertip monitors— Zacurate 500BL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, available at most drug stores or on Amazon
- A list of your current prescription medications to be reconciled with our chart
Our reception staff will call you one hour before your visit to confirm your electronic connection and confirm your insurance information.
About 10 minutes before your appointment, an MA will check you into the visit and gather the vital signs and information about your concerns.
Take a look at the attached brief video on how to organize your thoughts and discussion with your physician or PA.
We look forward to meeting with you soon