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Telemedicine for Allergy & Asthma

As telemedicine continues to emerge and grow in healthcare, many allergists are looking at this as a way to provide both patient satisfaction and increase continuity of care. It’s no secret that allergy and asthma practices spend a sufficient amount of time following up with patients after they’ve left the office. Now, asking patients to return to the office for a simple follow-up visit is a thing of the past. For any appointments that don’t require a physical examination, telemedicine can be used, and that is where Medici’s secure messaging, call, and video platform can help.

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Telemedicine services provided by Allergists

Medication Management

Medication Management

Patients no longer need to have an in-person office visit to manage most of their prescriptions. From food allergies to hives and skin rashes, telemedicine visits are an ideal solution for adjusting patient medications if needed. It’s more efficient for both patients and providers without sacrificing physician compensation.

Labs

Lab Results and Screenings

Allergists order multiple lab tests and screenings each day. For abnormal lab or blood test results, secure messaging and video allows allergists to discuss results with their patients without losing money on follow-up phone calls.

Ongoing Care

Provide Ongoing Care

Follow-up visits and check-ins are easily conducted through telemedicine and allow for allergists to continue to care for patients. Allergists are able to monitor symptom progression, adjust medications, and modify treatment plans without asking patients to return to the office.

Clinical use cases for Allergists using telehealth

  • Chronic Condition Management
  • Minor Urgent Care
  • Common Colds & Infections

Chronic Condition Management

Allergic disease is one of the most common chronic conditions in the world, often requiring multiple allergist office visits each year. These are patients who have regimented treatment plans that are frequently adjusted and must be closely monitored by an existing provider. For patients with chronic conditions, the ability to securely message their allergist helps them remain consistent with their treatment plan. Using telemedicine can provide assisting medication adjustments, monitoring of side effects, lab/imaging result reviews, and overall treatment plan management. Allergists can also use telemedicine to share files applicable to a patient’s treatment plan so they can follow them easily.

Conditions commonly managed through telemedicine by allergists include:

  • Hay fever
  • Eczema
  • Hives
  • Asthma
  • Food allergies
  • Eye allergies
  • Drug reactions
  • Latex allergies

Minor Urgent Care

Patients with a broad range of minor urgent care issues and who don't require lung function testing are increasingly turning to telemedicine for convenient access to their allergist from home. Medici enables these patients to receive care from their existing allergists, ensuring full access to their medical records and providing continuity that is not possible with urgent care centers and on-demand telehealth services.

Common urgent care issues evaluated over telemedicine include:

  • Mild asthma cases
  • Insect bites
  • Medication reactions
  • Skin rashes and other skin reactions

Common Colds & Infections

Patients may confuse an immunological reaction with symptons of the common cold. Telemedicine is ideal for helping identify whether symptoms such as nasal congestion, sneezing and coughing are a result of histamine or something else.

Rather than requiring an in-office visit, a telemedicine exam can help narrow which of the four immunological reactions your patient may be suffering.

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The benefits of telemedicine for your patients

Easy access to care drives engagement

Delaying doctors’ visits and failure to adhere to treatment plans are among a few things that hurt the long-term health of patients. By making access to care less of a burden, patients become more engaged in their treatment plans. This has long-term benefits for patients, their families, and the healthcare system as a whole.

Decreased wait times

Four in 10 patients reported waiting between one and six months for their initial allergist appointment, while patients waited an average of six weeks to have a follow-up appointment. Long appointment wait times are putting patient health at risk. Telemedicine allows lower acuity appointments to remain out-of-office and introduces more appointment times for patients.

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FAQs about telemedicine for Allergy & Asthma

Is telemedicine HIPAA-compliant?
Not only is telemedicine software safe, secure and HIPAA-compliant, it’s required to be! The same requirements for patient privacy and confidentiality that apply for in-person visits apply to visits conducted virtually. The provider has the identical responsibility to protect patient information. The storage of electronic files, video, and images needs to be approached with the same caution as one would take with physical documents.
How do I begin using telemedicine?
You can begin telemedicine for allergy without purchasing any new hardware. Services like Medici allow providers and patients to connect virtually through the app for smartphones and web.
Will my patients feel they’re receiving the same quality of care via telemedicine as they do in-person?
Often, patients delay or put off treatment due to the inconvenience of travel, time off work, child care and more. Telemedicine allows you to provide the same quality care as you normally would to patients and they will be happier for the added convenience.
How do I prescribe medications?
After entering your credentials, Medici allows you to securely prescribe medications during or immediately following a patient consultation to your patient’s preferred pharmacy.

The best telemedicine software for Allergy & Asthma treatment

Our handy buyers guide for telemedicine solutions

Connection

Fully HIPAA compliant

All telehealth software must be secure and HIPAA-compliant, because sensitive patient information is being exchanged. Software like Skype and FaceTime, for example, are not HIPAA-compliant and should never be used for patient encounters.

Revenue

Appointment records

Simply for record keeping and on the off-chance you are audited, select telemedicine software that provides a thread of every interaction (including secure messages sent between provider and patient). This audit trail, combined with any thorough clinical documentation that can be exported to your EHR, is a telemedicine best practice.

Productivity

Seamless EHR integration

Any telemedicine software should fit seamlessly into your existing practice workflow. The best way to ensure this is to select a product that integrates directly with your electronic health record system with the ability to import your existing patient list.

Patient

Legal and malpractice support

Telemedicine is heavily regulated. And these regulations vary state by state and are changing rapidly. In order to adhere to these laws and industry best practices, it’s important to find a telemedicine platform that offers comprehensive legal and regulatory support, and even malpractice insurance.

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