As part of its efforts to expand access to health care, BayCare Health System has launched BayCare Anywhere, a 24/7 non-emergency telemedicine service offering virtual doctor visits through a smart phone, tablet or computer.
“Through BayCare Anywhere, a patient has the ability right at their fingertips to see and talk to a doctor,” said Greg Hindahl, MD, chief medical informatics officer, BayCare Health System.
“We’re giving patients what they want and need, more convenient access to quality care so they can recover and get back to their daily activities.”
Using secure, interactive video and audio communications with a board-certified physician,patients can see a doctor live in real time from home, work and even when out-of-town. After reviewing a patient’s clinical history and information and conducting an examination, the doctor will recommend a treatment plan including follow-up care and prescribe medications as needed.
“We have the ability to diagnose common conditions or illnesses for adults and children two years and older,” said, Gina Schell, DO, an internal medicine physician and medical director of BayCare Anywhere. Conditions treated can include sinus pain, cough, flu or cold, low grade fever and skin rashes.
“Whether being treated by a BayCare Anywhere doctor from the Tampa Bay area or by one from another location, the visit follows the similar steps and procedures as any doctor visit, including a physical exam and the opportunity for the patient to ask questions and discuss treatment options” said Dr. Schell.
To get started, patients can download the BayCare Anywhere app from the iPhone or Android app store or from BayCareAnywhere.org to create an account. Internet access, a smart phone, tablet or computer with a webcam is needed for the virtual doctor visit. Other information to know:
A virtual physician visit app is just one of the telemedicine solutions BayCare offers to patients.
“More and more, we are using telemedicine-based solutions to expand access and enhance our patient care,” said Dr. Hindahl. Since 2014, BayCare’s has been using eCare, an electronic patient monitoring system that uses remote computer monitoring technology to support the care of critically ill hospital patients.