The US Department of Health and Human Services has lifted telehealth rules and regulations for the duration of the nationwide Conoravirus emergency. (bulletin link)
Basically, this means doctors and trained medical staff can conduct virtual visits with patients whilst still being covered and free from many rules and regulations that have been lifted.
An Opportunity to Invest and Learn
This presents an opportunity for Functional and Integrative Medicine Practitioners to learn the craft of using Apple Facetime, Skype, Google Meet, Zoom and other platforms to conduct these virtual visits.
Note: During this time Zoom and other smaller firms have had lots of issues, so maybe stick with the big ones for now!
Medical Practitioners can use this time to learn all the intricacies of these systems to be able to better serve their patients and prospects.
What you WILL need for Telehealth Visits
Having the right setup and systems in place for Telehealth Streams is critical to the success of these types of this service.
Yes, you can get away with just using just your phone and built-in microphone, however, investing a few hundred dollars extra and you could turn this into a professional setup in no time.
- A naturally Lit Environment (if not buy this)
- A Quiet Space (if not buy what suits from here)
- A Laptop with Great HD Camera (here, here and here)
- An External Webcam (here)
- An Internal Microphone (here)
- About backgrounds (here)
- A Recording System (Skype, Google Meet, Zoom)
- A Good Reliable Internet Connection with a Ping Rate below 40ms (lower is better with Pings)
You may already have a great setup, but if not, it will affect the quality of your video streaming.
What you WILL need after the Telehealth Stream/Visit
So, after the session, you can save the video and give your patients access to the videos., additional files, etc. These systems range in price and best to just stick with what they offer and create your solution around this.
Membership Systems: You can then create a Membership Website, giving the patients secure access to any files, videos, etc.
Storage Systems: Google Drive will be best for you (you can import directly to YouTube from there)
In summary, you should use this as an exercise in learning this service, as times goes by this will become the norm and the better equipped you are to handle it now, the better you will be off in the future as everyone else plays catch-up!.