Telehealth, telemedicine, virtual doctor visits and e-visits, give you access to medical providers by using your computer, tablet or phone from your home to connect to your doctor. Doctors can diagnose many health conditions and prescribe many medications utilizing virtual visits.

Medical services that can be provided using telehealth technology include:

  • Followup Appointments. Primary care and urgent care where the provider is following up a previous visit or checking in with the patient to determine whether more direct care is necessary. If medications are needed, the prescriber may be able to send a prescription directly to your pharmacy.
  • Counseling and Education. Services that require counseling and education, such as prenatal care and diabetes management.
  • Medication Management. For people with chronic conditions that require prescription medication, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, a routine check in is often necessary.
  • Behavioral Health Services. Mental health services and counseling are usually talk-based and typically require no hands-on care from the provider, making these services especially well-suited to remote delivery.
  • Health Screening. In the current crisis, a virtual doctor’s visit is a smart way to reduce the potential for transmission of infection. Many doctors and health care centers are offering remote screening options for COVID-19, to determine if someone needs the test and following people who are quarantining with mild symptoms.

With telemedicine one does need Internet access and a device for connecting to your doctor if you are using a computer, tablet, or smart phone. However, a regular landline phone can also provide a telehealth visit that is simply a phone call to your doctor’s office.

Paying for a Telehealth Visit

Some insurance plans cover e-visits with your doctors and certain other practitioners. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers certain telehealth services. You pay 20% of the approved Medicare amount and the Medicare Part B deductible applies. If you have a Medicare supplement plan, part or all of these charges will be covered depending on your plan. – LEARN MORE

Telehealth for Monitoring Activities of Daily Living

Telehealth technology is also used for the monitoring of activities of daily living (ADL) and proactively monitor health conditions.

Learn more about Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) – LEARN MORE

Learn more about Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) – LEARN MORE

Source: AgeWise Colorado Contributor

Additional Resources

Contact your local Area Agency on Aging and 2-1-1 and they may know of additional resources on this topic.

Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
An Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is a public nonprofit agency designated by a state to address the needs and concerns of all older persons at the regional and local levels. AAAs are primarily responsible for a geographic area, also known as a planning and service area (PSA), that is either a city, a single county, or a multi-county district. AAAs coordinate and offer services that help older adults remain in their homes, if that is their preference, aided by services such as home-delivered meals, homemaker assistance, and whatever else it may take to make independent living a viable option.
Find your local AAA by visiting their website or calling 1-800-677-1116.

2-1-1 Colorado
2-1-1 is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state. No matter where you live in Colorado, you can find information about resources in your local community. Dial 2-1-1 from your phone or visit their website.

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