- What is a telehealth visit?
A telehealth (or telemedicine) visit is a visit with a doctor using audio and video conferencing on your phone, tablet or computer. It’s like using Skype or Facetime to connect with your doctor. When you register for a visit, you’ll get information about the app to install, or the web site to use for the visit (either the app or web site can be used).
- Is my privacy protected?
All of the technology used is compliant with the strictest standards for privacy and security. The video conferencing application is HIPAA compliant. A record of your visit is kept in an electronic health record which is also HIPAA compliant. Learn more about HIPAA here.
- Is it legal to have medicines prescribed at a telehealth visit?
Most states allow telemedicine or telehealth visits. Colorado has laws that are very supportive of telehealth. If you have a face to face visit with a doctor online, then having that doctor prescribe medicine complies with Colorado Medical Board rules.
- Can’t I just go to the pharmacy myself and get what I need?
You can go to a pharmacy and get the vaccines that you need, but you’re not able to get medications without a doctor ordering them. So, you’ll be missing important parts of preventive travel medicine like medicines for malaria, diarrhea, typhoid vaccine and altitude. You’ll also get consultation from a physician who is in expert in the travel medicine. You’ll get good information about what you need, and what you don’t need.
- Will insurance pay for the visit?
State law in Colorado requires that insurance pay for telemedicine visits. If you would like to submit the bill to your health insurance, a bill will be provided.
- Why do I need a doctor to tell me what I need? Can’t I look it up on the web?
There are good resources on the web, like www.cdc.gov/travel , but much of the information is general to a country. There are many countries where the risk for diseases only exists in parts of the country. A travel medicine expert can help you sort those out. You’ll also need an order from a health care provider for your oral medications.
- After I have my online visit, will I be able to go to any pharmacy?
During your visit we’ll talk about which pharmacy you’d like to go to. Many pharmacies are now carrying travel vaccines and medicines, so there are many options. Yellow Fever vaccine is carried in more select pharmacies.
Still have questions? Call us at (970) 456-1036