Buying a car. Earning a college degree. Finding the job of your dreams. These days you can do almost everything online. Why shouldn’t you be able to see a doctor online too? You’ve heard of virtual reality – why not virtual visits?
Here in Louisiana, you can have a face-to-face appointment – even if you’re still in your pajamas – with Anywhere Care from Ochsner. It’s the next best thing to a house call.
According to the American Telemedicine Organization, more than half of all U.S. hospitals use telemedicine. Virtual visits aren’t the next thing – they’re a now thing. After you download the Ochsner Anywhere Care App, you can be seen by an expert provider 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a video connection just like Skype or Facetime.
Virtual visits are a great solution for people with minor or chronic conditions. Get advice when your child wakes up with a fever in the middle of the night. Be reassured when your elderly parent has the sniffles but insists they won’t go to the doctor. Figure out what is going on when you just can’t afford to take two hours out of your busy schedule to sit in a waiting room – even though you know you’d get better faster if you did. It also may be the answer when you’re on vacation and need a prescription refilled. See a list of common conditions that can be treated by Anywhere Care.
If you lack transportation, have limited healthcare providers in your area, or just don’t want to battle the pouring rain, access Ochsner Anywhere Care and let us come to you over your phone, tablet or computer.
When called for, your Anywhere Care doctor will recommend you go to an urgent care or emergency room (it may be 2018 but we still can’t manage crushing chest pain, stop bleeding, swab throats, or supply oxygen over the phone). And the doctor may recommend you make a follow-up appointment with a primary care provider or a specialist.
We can put a man on a moon from Earth – it’s about time we can treat pinkeye from across town.
Getting to the doctor can be hard, but calling Anywhere Care is always easy.