Save Time & Money With Telemedicine

December 7th, 2016

The holidays can be hectic. Between parties, hosting family and friends, shopping, cooking, and trying to actually enjoy this time, you’ve got more than enough on your plate. So when you or your child come down with the flu or badly burn a finger trying to make your grandmother’s candy recipe, it can feel like the straw that broke the camel’s back. Oh, and that reminds us, your daughter is a camel in the Nativity play, and she has rehearsal tonight!

Some stress is unavoidable, even normal, for most families around the holidays, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to relieve a little bit of it? Think about how the internet has revolutionized Christmas shopping, saving us the hassle of multiple trips to the mall. What if there was a way to harness that concept and apply it to the doctor’s office? Not only is this possible, but it is also a technology Liberty HealthShare is working to make available to our members through a partnership with Salus Telehealth, Inc.

Through Salus’ VideoMedicine mobile app, there is now an option for you to see a physician, discuss your symptoms, and even get a prescription from the comfort of your own home. Using your phone or tablet’s camera feature, you can talk face-to-face with a provider and even show them your complaint so they can properly diagnose and treat you. This means less time away from work, fewer headaches from packing everyone into the car, and less exposure to all the other sick people sitting in your doctor’s waiting room.

As a Liberty HealthShare member, for eligible visits and until your annual unshared amount (AUA) is met, your cost will be $45 for primary care and $100 for specialty care. Once your AUA is met, your eligible costs will be shared. It’s that simple.

Of course, nothing can or should replace in-person communication with your doctor, but for certain conditions, this service can significantly reduce stress. And where your privacy is concerned, you can rest easy. Salus and VideoMedicine make security priority number one with a platform that is triple-grade encrypted and exceeds the federal requirements for HIPAA compliance.

If you’re interested in giving this service a try, here’s some helpful info from VideoMedicine:

Getting started with VideoMedicine: Instructions for New Patients

Step 1: Download the VideoMedicine app

From your iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device or tablet, visit the App Store or Google Play store and search for VideoMedicine. Click to download for free!

Step 2: Register an account

Once the app is downloaded to your mobile device, open it and click the Sign Up button to get started.

CHOOSE YOUR ROLE: “I’m a patient”

CREATE YOUR PROFILE: Enter your information into the required fields and check the box to acknowledge you’ve read the User Agreement and Privacy Policy

ENTER PROFILE INFO: Enter all information. Group Key: SHAREBOX

Step 3: Sign into VideoMedicine & complete your medical profile

Once you’ve created your profile, sign into VideoMedicine. After agreeing to the emergency disclaimer, go to My Medical Profile under the Profile tab to ensure you’re ready to see a provider. Enter your existing or past medical problems, medications, family history, allergies, surgical history, and even copy and paste test results here, making sure to save each item.

You’re ready to see a provider!

Next time you’re feeling under the weather or have a medical concern, sign into your account and search for doctors by clicking the magnifying glass in the menu. Use the filters to find a doctor licensed in your state and the specialty you’re seeking or filter by providers who may be most likely to have the ability to prescribe medicine if needed.

Click to Connect Now if a provider is online and Schedule Appointment to connect at a later time if the doctor is currently unavailable. If no appointments are available, click the provider’s profile and send an instant message to notify the doctor you’re in need of medical attention.

Wishing you the best of health!