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Telemedicine for OB/GYN

As telemedicine continues to emerge and grow in healthcare, many OB/GYNs are looking at this as a way to provide both patient satisfaction and increase continuity of care. It’s no secret that OB/GYN 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 OB/GYNs

Communication

Medication Management

Patients no longer need to have an in-person office visit to manage most of their prescriptions. From birth control to weight-loss medications or anti-nausea pills for pregnancy, 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.

Insurance

Lab Results and Screenings

Providers order multiple lab tests and screenings each day. For abnormal PAP smears or biopsy results, secure messaging and video allows OB/GYNs to discuss results with their patients without any inconvenience to the patient.

Patient

Provide Postoperative Care

After an invasive surgery like a C-section, follow-up consultations are key to promote healing and recovery. OB/GYNs are able to monitor any post op abnormalities, adjust medications, and modify treatment plans if needed without asking patients to return to the office.

Clinical use cases for OB/GYNs using telehealth

  • Well Woman’s Exam Follow-Up
  • Prenatal Visits for Low-Risk Pregnancies
  • Consultation with Specialists
  • Postpartum Care
  • Lactation Support

Well Woman’s Exam Follow-Up

While annual Well Woman exams require a head-to-toe physical exam, following up on blood work and other screenings is ideal for a remote telemedicine visit. These remote visits also give OB/GYNs the opportunity to discuss how the patient can make smart lifestyle decisions in order to improve overall health – which is especially important when abnormal results are found.

Prenatal Visits for Low-Risk Pregnancies

During pregnancy, women need to have regular checkups with their doctor to make sure both they and their baby stay healthy. Most women have between eight and 15 

Some women have to travel far away from home to get medical care during their pregnancy. Virtual prenatal visits allow for a patient to check in with their doctor from the comfort of their own home. 

For most virtual visits, all that is required of a patient is to take the following measurements:

  • Weight
  • Blood Pressure
  • Baby’s heart beat

Consultation with Specialists

Seeing a specialist is often difficult and not immediate for any type of patient. Also, a specific specialist may not reside in your area. Telemedicine allows patients and their local prenatal care providers to consult with a specialist via secure messaging, voice call, or video call.

Postpartum Care

Providing care after childbirth is key to addressing not only the physical well-being of the patient after delivery, but also their emotional and social well-being. However, the postpartum period is often overlooked. Traditionally, patients wait 6 weeks before their postpartum visit, even though problems may arise before then. By using telemedicine, OB/GYNs can provide postpartum care including monitoring blood pressure levels and chronic disease management.

Lactation Support

The transition from the hospital to home for new mother and baby can often be an overwhelming one. With so much assistance in the hospital, new mothers are sure to have questions they would appreciate timely answers to. Lactation support through telemedicine is very convenient for new moms, especially those living far away from centers that provide lactation support services. Some good telemedicine use cases for lactation support include: 

  • Virtual breastfeeding consult/private class offered through OB/GYN before baby arrives
  • Assessing latch and positioning
  • Assessing comfort of mom
  • Follow up after in person consults

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 and travel times

Telemedicine for OB/GYNs promotes patient satisfaction by allowing a woman to remain in her own home or not take time off work for a visit with their doctor. Secure messaging, video, and audio calls also allow for more timely answers to questions that may be worrisome to first-time mothers. Telemedicine allows lower acuity appointments to remain out-of-office and introduces more in-office appointment times for patients.

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FAQs about telemedicine for OB/GYN

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 OB/GYN 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 OB/GYN

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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