Family Health

6 Tips to Ace Your Telemedicine Appointment

Happy couple at home having a telemedicine visit

For more than 150 years, Augusta University Health has pioneered technology innovation through academic medicine excellence. With new locations opening across the area to serve you, we have dedicated ourselves to bringing convenient care to you. Now, we are making heath care more convenient, accessible and affordable by offering telehealth visits for a variety of specialties. We invite you to download, AU Health Virtual Care, a mobile app that allows you to access our providers from your phone, tablet or computer – anywhere. You are welcome to visit us in person as our locations remain open and safe. Or, we can come to you virtually.

These six tips can help you become comfortable with and learn how to get the most out of a video visit:

1. Set the (clinical) stage.

With a video visit, your primary care provider’s office is wherever you are. Whatever space you choose, it should be private, quiet and free of distractions. Your provider needs to be able to see you clearly, so sit facing a window, which will keep you from being backlit, or put a lamp next to your computer. Place your device at eye level and ensure your background isn’t too busy—a bare wall is a good choice.

2. Make sure your tech is ready to support you.

Everything is riding on your internet connection, so be sure it’s strong. Make sure your device has a full charge or plug it in for the video visit, if necessary. Check to ensure your webcam and microphone are functioning.

3. Lay the groundwork for success.

It’s important to go into your video visit prepared. The provider will want to know your health history, so be ready to discuss any chronic medical conditions you have, the medications you take and any symptoms you’ve experienced. Make a list of questions you want to ask the provider so nothing important slips your mind. If you’re able to take any vital signs, such as blood pressure or weight, before the visit, it will make for a more efficient appointment and help the provider evaluate you.

4. Download the app you’ll need.

At Augusta University Health, video visits take place through Virtual Care, a free app available from the App Store or Google Play. Once you download the app and provide some basic personal and insurance information, you can choose the type of provider you’d like to see—family medicine physicians and pediatricians are available, as well as a variety of specialists—select a pharmacy in case you need a prescription and begin your video visit.

5. Proceed as normal.

Don’t let the unfamiliarity of seeing your provider on screen instead of in person throw you off balance. Treat your appointment like a typical, in-office visit, and feel free to discuss any health matter that’s on your mind.

6. Know what comes next.

Don’t end your video visit without clear understanding of the next step in your care, whether it’s taking medication, engaging in self-care, seeing a specialist, having an imaging test, or returning for another visit with your provider in a week or two.

Ready to try telemedicine? Learn how to get started with AU Health Virtual Care.

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Augusta University Health

Based in Augusta, Georgia, Augusta University Health is a world-class health care network, offering the most comprehensive primary, specialty and subspecialty care in the region. Augusta University Health provides skilled, compassionate care to its patients, conducts leading-edge clinical research and fosters the medical education and training of tomorrow’s health care practitioners. Augusta University Health is a not-for-profit corporation that manages the clinical operations associated with Augusta University.