Improving access to specialty care with telecommunications technology
To make health care even more accessible and convenient you, St. Luke's offers telemedicine appointments for certain specialties. Using telecommunications technology, telemedicine gives you the ability to see a specialist without having to travel long distances.
How does telemedicine work?
Telemedicine visits are nearly identical to a regular office visit, except that the specialist is at another location while you and a medical assistant are at your local clinic. Using a computer webcam and special tools, such as a magnified camera for close-up exams and an electronic stethoscope to transmit heart and lung sounds, the assistant helps your provider complete a full assessment in the privacy of an exam room. During the appointment, your provider can also order tests, new prescriptions and medication changes.
Who qualifies to use this service?
For many patients, all visits can be accomplished via telemedicine. For others, the initial appointment and certain follow-up appointments may need to take place in person.
If you’re seeing a specialist who is not located in your immediate region, discuss the possibility of using telemedicine.