I hope everyone is safe, healthy, aware and calm. With the emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and more people increasingly staying home and working from home due to self and family protection, concern or cancelation of events and trips, I thought I’d take this time to remind everyone that I have been providing TeleMedicine Appointments by phone for over 10 years. Many of you already know that and use this convenient appointment method of communication with me.
The new and exciting news is that starting in the next couple of weeks, I will be offering Telemedicine appointments using a HIPAA compliant video-conferencing platform. Over the years videoconferencing has become a mainstream, acceptable, welcomed and trustworthy method of communicating with people across the world. It has become common practice between doctors and other health care practitioners and their patients. And certainly more so in the wake of this infectious and alarming time.
What is required? We need both of our computers (you can also use your smartphone or other mobile device), built in webcam (which is included in nearly all modern computers, laptops, smartphones and other mobile devices), a stable and secure internet service, a videoconferencing website link to click on that you will receive by email after scheduling your appointment with me, maybe a little patience too at first and we are good to go with your appointment!
Not sure about all of that or don’t have a reliable and solid internet connection and prefer in person or phone appointments? Not a problem. All options will be available to you when you or I select a day and time for all future appointments.
The appointment scheduling link with all options will remain on my website – www.doctorkristi.com.
More importantly, I want to take this time to thank all of the hard working, tenacious, dedicated and compassionate people working in mainstream health care hospitals and clinics, urgent care facilities, emergency response, nursing and retirement homes, flight attendants and pilots and so many other people that are at greater health risk for becoming infected. Additionally the CDC, political leaders and even the media deserve an immense amount of appreciation for delivering crucial information as promptly as possible so that we can be better informed.
If you have a bit more down time than usual, please take full advantage of this slower pace of life to not only practice healthy self-care (sleep, exercise, supplements, etc) but to also more closely connect with your loved ones either in person or remotely by phone or computer. Please remember to count your blessings and be grateful for all of the good in your life. There’s a lot of good in this world.