As society is embracing a digitally enhanced world, it’s no surprise that many individuals in need of healthcare are opting for virtual patient visits. In fact, almost 75% of patients are comfortable communicating with their doctors using technology instead of seeing them in person. More and more, healthcare providers are accepting the fact that virtual visits will soon be commonplace, replacing many in-person non-emergency or one-time care appointments. What’s also becoming standard is healthcare providers using Apple® iPads to conduct these visits.
If you are a healthcare provider looking to successfully support these virtual appointments via iPad, consider taking the following steps.
1. Find the right telehealth platform
Simple VoIP applications or other free, public video internet programs aren’t going to cut it. Find a platform that not only enables you to connect visibly and audibly with your patient, but also manage their health history, connect to a billing structure, and more. Fortunately, there are many virtual patient visit applications that are compatible with iPad.
eVisit is a popular telehealth platform that you can download on your iPad, which has a track record of increasing patient flow for its customers by an average of 300 percent. With a 100 percent HIPAA compliance guarantee and customizable settings per healthcare specialty, it is a great option to consider for your practice.
2. Gather the best tools
There are various devices and tools available to complement the telehealth platform. The tools required for your practice depend on what kind of care you are providing. For example, if you are a dermatologist, you would need a very high definition webcam, whereas psychologists could simply rely on the built-in iPad camera. Here are some useful tools to complement your telehealth platform and enhance remote, virtual care:
- Plug-in digital stethoscope and EKG
- Special webcam to evaluate patients’ ears, mouth and throat
- Bluetooth devices that measure the patient's blood sugar and oxygen levels and transmit that information wirelessly
3. Ensure secure usage
HIPAA and COPPA compliance are essential to healthcare organizations and practices. As mentioned, many platforms guarantee this compliance. Learn more about how iPads satisfy these regulations in our blog post here. If you happen to be using an unsecured method of communication on an open network, be sure to have your patients sign a consent form acknowledging that connections aren’t 100 percent secure. This will save you from a major headache down the road in the event a patient’s information is compromised.
iPads are making the virtual patient visit a reality today. By following these steps, you are well on your way to a successful virtual patient visit practice bolstered by iPad.
As a healthcare provider, what other tips and tricks have you used to make the most of your virtual patient visits? Do you conduct them via iPad? We’d love to find out. Share them in the comment section below.