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9 Tips for a Successful Telemedicine Appointment

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9 Tips for a Successful Telemedicine Appointment
Diana Isabel Tibbs (right) has had success with telemedicine visits for her mother Caroline. Credit: Courtesy of Diana Isabel Tibbs. Article by Dr. Christine Nguyen.

What to do before, during and after your virtual doctor visit

If you need to see your doctor these days, there’s a good chance you’ll be offered a telemedicine visit. That means you’ll “meet” with your physician either through a video chat or a phone call. And even after the COVID-19 pandemic fades, experts predict, telemedicine — especially video visits — will be commonplace.

Research shows that for appropriate diagnoses and situations, telemedicine can be comparable, and sometimes more effective, than in-person care. And Medicare has recently relaxed its rules to more easily allow people 65 and older to use telemedicine. More than 20% of people over 70 have had a telehealth appointment during the pandemic, according to a survey by NORC at the University of Chicago.

Here are nine ways to help ensure a telemedicine appointment is as useful as it can be: […]

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