What is Telemedicine?
In a nutshell, telemedicine is remote healthcare. It’s a convenient way for you to connect with your doctor just like you would in the office except this time your doctor can assess, diagnose and treat you wherever you are. Modern telecommunications technology makes that possible. Now, from the comfort of your sick bed or during a trip to the grocery store you can book your own same day appointment, or even “walk-in” by video to see your MIMPC doctor.
Tips Before Your Visit
Before you meet with your MIMPC provider, consider the following to help you get the most out of your medical visit:
- Aside from using their extensive medical experience, our doctors rely on your assessment of your own symptoms. Be as honest and as accurate as you can about how you feel and about your medical history.
- If you feel like you may have the flu or some other infection, your MIMPC doctor would want to check your temperature to know if you have a fever. Invest in a working thermometer and keep it near you during your visit.
- If you normally have low or high blood pressure or are on high blood pressure medication, the doctor may want to know what your blood pressure is before giving you any medication that might affect it. Invest in a working blood pressure cuff and keep it near you during your visit.
- Learn how to take your own pulse. Place your index and middle finger on your wrist or the side of your neck to find your pulse. Count the number of pulses you feel in a 15 second span. Multiply the number by 4 and that is a rough estimate of your pulse rate per minute.
- Have the addresses and phone numbers of your pharmacy and primary care doctor or other providers handy in case the doctor needs that information to coordinate your care.
- As much as we’d love to address all your medical complaints, pesky time constraints limit us to focus on one or two per call. We want to do our utmost to help you and give you the best experience you’ve had with a doctor yet. So, please help us by being concise, clear, and organized about which issue you’d like us to help you with. Write down your issues in the order you think is most important to you. That always is a big help.
Examples of Medical Conditions That We Can Treat by Telemedicine:
Urinary Tract Infection
Sore or Strep Throat
Rash or Dermatitis
Lice and Scabies
High Blood Pressure
Cellulitis or Skin Infections
Hives or Urticaria
Acne and Skin Conditions
Mild Joint and Muscle Aches
Blood Work Orders
And over 90% of common urgent care health conditions
Can I get any medical condition treated by telemedicine?
We wish the answer to that could be “yes,” but unfortunately telemedicine has some inherent limitations. There are certain ailments that your doctor simply needs to see you in person to treat. For example, there is no way to conduct a pap smear, biopsy a suspicious skin lesion, or properly assess certain neurological conditions through telemedicine. But, your telemedicine doctor will let you know if your condition requires in-person care.
What if I have an emergency? Should I see a telemedicine doctor first?
We don’t treat emergencies
IF YOU THINK YOU'RE HAVING AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE DIAL 911 OR GO TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM RIGHT AWAY! Emergencies cannot adequately be treated through telehealth encounters. We consider emergencies to be anything that makes it hard for you to breathe, burns over large portions of your body, severe intractable pain especially in the head, chest or abdomen, fractured bones, profuse or copious bleeding, loss of consciousness or sudden changes in your mental status such as seizures or delirium, or traumas to the head.
Can you get your blood or urine tested by telemedicine?
Yes. We can order laboratory studies and review the results with you during a telehealth visit. We can even share the results with you through our patient portal. We have accounts with Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp.