OU Medicine Offering Telehealth Visits in 77 Medical Specialties
Published: Monday, May 4, 2020
Physicians at OU Medicine in Oklahoma City and Tulsa are offering telehealth visits in 77 medical specialties for both adults and children, representing nearly every specialty available. Telehealth visits are available for both existing and new patients.
More than 800 OU Medicine physicians and advanced practice providers are connecting with their patients across the state through telehealth. A telehealth visit is a face-to-face encounter with a physician or specialist through a smartphone, tablet or personal computer with a web camera and strong Wi-Fi. Healthcare providers can assess a patient’s health, diagnose any problems and prescribe treatment through video, allowing patients to receive care from the comfort of their homes.
“Our telehealth capability at OU Medicine allows us to provide care for our patients that is convenient for them no matter where they live in Oklahoma,” said John P. Zubialde, M.D., executive dean of the OU College of Medicine. “Telehealth is serving an important role during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is a service that is always available to our patients. As the largest and most comprehensive physician group in Oklahoma, OU Medicine provides care to address every health need, from primary care to specialty expertise.”
To schedule a telehealth visit, existing OU Medicine patients can contact the clinic where they normally go to see their doctor. The clinic staff will provide information about how to download the OU Medicine Health Connect app and set up an account. New patients can do the same by contacting the clinic they are interested in visiting.
If a prescription is warranted, the healthcare provider will electronically submit a prescription directly to the pharmacy. If follow-up care is needed in person, patients can continue their care with the same physician.
Telehealth visits are billed to a patient’s insurance plan similar to a regular in-office visit. Most insurances cover telehealth visits, and there is no co-pay or fee to start a video visit. Telehealth visits are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., pending physician availability. Visits are HIPAA-compliant, and videos are never recorded or saved.
To find a telehealth provider or specialty, visit oumedicine.com/healthconnect.