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In response to COVID-19, many hospital systems are recommending non-emergency doctor’s visits be rescheduled if possible. Most non-critical surgeries and procedures have been postponed at Houston Methodist and CHI St. Luke’s.
For those in need of a doctor, there’s another option: telemedicine.
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Telemedicine apps have increased in popularity over the last few years as an alternative to in-person doctor’s visits.
In 2017, “online doctoring,” or telemedicine, was approved by the Texas Senate, which removed a requirement for an in-person consultation between patient and medical provider.
Since then, the apps have become more widespread in rural areas and medical deserts.
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In Houston, telemedicine apps are used by the major hospital and clinic systems, including Kelsey-Seybold, Memorial Hermann and Methodist Hospital.
Ask your health care provider if they have an app to download for doctor’s visits or consultations.
Kelsey-Seybold Virtual Health
Kelsey-Seybold clinic patients are required to virtually visit their doctors first before an in-person visit. Doctors will then verify that an in-person visit is necessary.
Kelsey-Seybold patients with accepted insurance can register for a MyKelseyOnline (MKO) account and download the MyKelseyOnline app.
Virtual health offerings include video visits and telephone visits with primary and specialty care providers. The online patient portal allows patients to communicate with medical providers at all the Kelsey-Seybold clinics; schedule, change or cancel appointments; request prescription refills; access most test results; and complete payment for appointments.
Memorial Hermann eVisit
The Memorial Hermann Health Plan includes different options for telemedicine: Everyday Well, Memorial Hermann Virtual Clinic, eVisit and Teladoc. For any coronavirus symptoms or immediate concerns, try eVisit first.
Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is encouraged to use Memorial Hermann’s eVisit for a virtual consultation. The service is available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A Memorial Hermann eVisit starts with an online questionnaire about your current symptoms and medical history. A health care provider will review the answers and respond with a diagnosis and treatment plan, which includes any necessary prescriptions, within 30 minutes.
The system’s eVisit Video is a live chat with a health care provider.
Houston Methodist Virtual Urgent Care
Houston Methodist’s Virtual Urgent Care is available 24/7 and eVisits can be scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. The appointment is $20, but other costs may vary depending on your insurance status.
For people who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, or possibly regular cold or flu symptoms, everyone is encouraged to use the MyMethodist app first. It can also be used for a number of other conditions, like cold sores, rashes, urinary tract infections or constipation.
Once a health care provider has screened the patient, they will detail next steps.