Telehealth: using technology to feel better
Have you ever wanted an alternative to waiting weeks to get a doctor's appointment, followed by a stressful rush-hour drive and hour-long office wait? With TeladocTM Health, you can replace those drains on your time and patience with quality, cost-effective care anytime, anywhere - 24/7!
Teladoc Health focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of acute, non-urgent health issues such as sinus infections, pink eye, the flu and more. Similar to retail drop-in clinics, Teladoc Health is more accessible and a more affordable alternative to urgent care or emergency centers.
Available 24/7/365, during hours when many physician offices are closed, patients can conduct telephone or video appointments with a board-certified physician.
Please note: Employees are required to pre-register for Teladoc Health in order to use the Teladoc Health service.
Typical Teladoc Health consultations include the following:
- Cold and flu symptoms
- Urinary tract infections
- Respiratory infections
- Sinus problems
- Earaches or sore throats
- Pink eye, and more
Employees and any dependents who are enrolled in one of the Barnes medical plans are eligible to take advantage of Teladoc Health services.
It’s a good idea to establish an account before your first consultation, so you’re ready when you need it. You’ll complete a medical history and create a user name and password for each family member. Then you’re ready to request a consult whenever you need it.
You have three ways to begin your phone or video consult.
The use of telehealth to treat non-emergency conditions is becoming widely accepted and is anticipated to continue growing. Since coming online in 2002, Teladoc Health has made convenience and high-quality care its hallmark. Members connect by mobile app, web, or phone; with the app, they can schedule appointments, visit with doctors, search for nearby pharmacies, upload photos, and sync temperature readings from their Kinsa™ smart thermometer. After a visit, treatment summaries can be sent to members’ primary care physicians.
Teladoc Health's board-certified doctors average more than 15 years of experience. This extensive network of 3,100 physicians, therapists, and counselors is able to provide expert care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in all 50 states. Teladoc Health reports that 92% of member’s issues are resolved without the need for a follow-up visit.
When it comes to convenient, on-demand care for conditions such as colds, flu, rashes, seasonal allergies, and respiratory infections — and dermatology and behavioral health needs depending on coverage — individuals can count on telemedicine as a convenient and efficient way to get the care you need, when you need it.