TeleHealth Virtual Appointments
At the time of your virtual appointment, all you will need is a Meeting ID and to follow the directions below. Someone from our office will call you shortly before to provide you with your Meeting ID, complete the check-in process and ensure that you’ve successfully connected to the waiting room. Then, when ready, your provider will admit you to the virtual appointment session.
Below are three links to additional online resources:
“Benefits of Using Telehealth (from ABOVE ASAM WEBSITE)
The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Telehealth can address COVID-19 and other epidemic situations by limiting exposure to infection for vulnerable populations and health care workers. Telehealth can also expand the reach of resources to communities that have limited access to needed services. Federal and state regulators have relaxed regulations, due to a declaration of a national emergency, governing the use of telehealth for general medical services as well as for addiction services including the use of audio and/or video technologies.
There are numerous benefits associated with using telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak that apply across the continuum of addiction services including outpatient, residential and Opioid Treatment Services (OTP and OBOT).
These benefits include but are not limited to the following:
- Promotes the practice of social distancing to reduce spread – shifting visits and initial patient evaluation to a modality that does not require in-person and face-to-face interaction and thereby limit the physical contact between staff and patients.
- Allows monitoring of patients to identify potential and confirmed cases without person-to-person contact.
- Enables quarantined clinicians to continue to safely treat patients remotely.
- Reduces the risk of spread in high-volume/traffic areas such as waiting rooms by reducing the number of patients requiring face-to-face visits.
- Enables clinicians to continue patient engagement while reducing potential for exposure for those who are considered most vulnerable to COVID19.
- Reduces the likelihood of patients participating in activities/behaviors that could increase risk of exposure, such as use of public transportation to attend appointments.”