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Benefits of Online Doctor Visits

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When you're feeling under the weather, you can't always make your way to your doctor's office. Scheduling a virtual doctor’s visit at St. Luke’s can help you feel better, faster—here’s what you should know about the virtual alternative.

Benefits of Online Medical Clinics

At St. Luke’s, eCare is an online service that allows you to receive online care by a team of trained and experienced physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. A

Although online medical visits cannot give the same attention available during an in-person visit, they do have several benefits over in-person visits.


Whether you work a full-time job or you feel too ill to make physically make it into a clinic for a doctor's visit, eCare offers a viable alternative. You can chat with experienced healthcare professionals, receive a diagnosis, and your treatment plan all from the comfort of your bed, car, or anywhere you have internet access.

Shorter Wait time

When scheduling a virtual doctor's visit, you're able to check-in and wait for your appointment in the comfort of your own home. At St. Lukes, eCare is available daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. After filling out a health questionnaire, you will receive your diagnosis and treatment plan within one hour.

Improves on Self-Diagnosis

In the age of technology, people often find themselves searching their symptoms online before they even make it into a doctor's office. While the information shared online is meant to educate the public, when people draw their conclusions about their health, it can be more harmful than good. Having the ability to schedule an online appointment with a licensed physician can help to eliminate that risk and deliver the appropriate care in a timely manner.

When to Schedule an Online Visit

If you are experiencing a minor health concern, you may be eligible for an online doctor’s visit. Use eCare for health concerns such as:

  • Cold
  • Flu
  • Pink eye
  • Allergies
  • Hay fever
  • Earache
  • Bug bites
  • Shingles
  • UTI (urinary tract infection)

eCare in Duluth, Minnesota

At St. Luke's, eCare is a convenient online service that allows you to receive care for minor health concerns without having to visit a clinic. To learn more about our immediate care services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (218) 249-4000.