Many doctor offices have moved to telehealth visits right now, to minimize the risk of potential exposure to COVID-19. The telehealth visit allows your provider to talk to you about your disease and symptoms just as he/she would in an in-office appointment.
Maybe you’ve never had to do a telehealth visit before but need to see your doctor. Here’s some helpful background information and tips to make your first telehealth visit as smooth as possible.
What is a Telehealth Visit?
Also called telemedicine, a telehealth visit is an appointment with your doctor or member of your health care team that is completed over an online video platform or phone call. Instead of visiting your doctor in-person, you’ll talk to them over video via a computer or your phone.
Scheduling a Telehealth Visit
You can schedule a telehealth visit by calling your doctor’s office, the same way you’d schedule a regular in-person visit.
Preparing for the Visit
When scheduling your telehealth appointment with your provider’s office, you may want to ask some of the following questions so you can be prepared for your visit:
- How will the visit be conducted? You will likely need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
- Will they call you or will you call in for your visit?
- Will you have to download a specific program or app to use for the visit?
- Are there online forms or assessments you’ll need to complete ahead of the visit?
- Does your provider want you to complete any lab or blood work before your visit?
Your health care team will work with you to make sure you can be prepared for your telehealth visit and know what to expect. Make sure you download the required program or app to use for the appointment, complete any necessary paperwork, and complete any lab work before your first visit.
Day of the Visit
The day of your telehealth visit make sure your computer or smartphone is charged and on in order to call in or to wait for your provider to call you.
Your provider will likely review with you any assessments or lab work you did prior to the visit, just as they would in-person. Your provider will be able to view and assess your joints and mobility through video. You will have time to ask any questions and have a discussion with your provider. If necessary, your provider will send a prescription to your pharmacy and communicate any follow-up items to you.
How can Vectra® help during a Telehealth appointment?
- Vectra can help provide information about your rheumatoid arthritis disease activity to your provider when they are unable to physically access you during a telehealth visit.
- Vectra is a molecular assessment that measures Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) inflammation. Vectra allows the provider to understand levels of RA inflammation due to your RA and if your treatment is working.
- Vectra is best used at the beginning of treatment, at the time of treatment change, and to monitor treatment. A change in the Vectra Score provides your health care provider information about your RA that goes beyond physical symptoms.
- Learn more about Vectra at VectraScore.com/know-your-results/ or access your Vectra Scores through the myVectra™ patient portal at https://my.vectrascore.com/login.