You’ve probably seen the word ‘telehealth’ tossed around quite a bit lately. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, telehealth quickly became the answer to “How do I get healthcare without risking my health?” Telehealth is a term for providing patients with clinical or non clinical services using telecommunication technologies such as a smartphone or app. This means that while the nation is dealing with the novel COVID-19 virus, patients can still see their physicians and surgeons.
Telehealth, HIPAA, and Coronavirus
In the past, telehealth has been a rare option, mainly due to the difficulty of privacy. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) set national standards to protect your sensitive health information from being disclosed without your consent and knowledge. Any telecommunication technology needs to be compliant with HIPAA rules.
But with the swift aggression of the coronavirus, the United States government effectively waived many existing restrictions on telehealth. This means that no matter where you are, you can receive remote health care, receive medical evaluations and a plan of care without an in-person visit.
At Oasis Orthopedic and Spine, telehealth was adopted quickly, largely due to one main reason; back and joint pain doesn’t go away just because of the pandemic. The people that were suffering from back pain before COVID-19 came to the U.S were still suffering after. We felt it was clear that care could not — and should not — wait. That’s why we chose to offer telehealth services.
Telehealth appointments are easy and convenient. Benefits include the elimination of potential exposure to coronavirus, no time spent in a waiting room, most can be scheduled same-day, and of course, no transportation costs or time. Telehealth is an opportunity to make sure your health doesn’t suffer during the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Our spine and orthopedic experts are ready to help you find pain relief.
How Do Telehealth Appointments at Oasis Work?
At Oasis, telehealth appointments can be done in 3 easy steps. Fill out the form on this page. The information you submit is sent directly to the Oasis front desk team. A team member will call you to schedule your telehealth appointment on a day and time that works for you. You will then be sent a confirmation email or text (you choose!) that will contain your video chat information and link. If you want to skip the form, and speak to someone to schedule your appointment, just call 844.203.5537.
At the time of your appointment, click the link in your confirmation email or text. Then just follow the on-screen steps to let us know you are ready. Your telehealth appointment can be conducted on any internet and video capable device such as a laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone.
Telehealth Care Services at Oasis
At Oasis Orthopedic and Spine, we can offer many services through telehealth appointments including:
- Evaluate back and joint conditions and injuries
- Assess the need for new prescription medications and refills
- Prescribe at-home therapies
- Review medical imaging such as x-rays and MRIs
- Develop treatment plans and other plans of care
- Follow-up visits
- Answer questions, comments, and concerns
At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you don’t wait to do something about your pain. With telehealth, you can initiate your journey to a pain free life right away. As we continue to navigate life during a pandemic, it’s natural to think about what the “new normal” will look like. Adopting telehealth as a permanent fixture in your access to safe and efficient healthcare could be the next step. But in the meantime, rest assured that Oasis Orthopedic and Spine will continue to provide safe care for your back and joint pain during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
If telehealth is not a fit for you, we are accepting in-office appointments. Learn about our COVID-19 Safety Precautions.