going on the internet so your Wi-Fi connection is as good as possible. Consider closing any other programs or applications so your Wi-Fi isn’t over-taxed.
Last, but not least, make sure the device you are speaking on is fully charged before you start. Test out the audio and video before you get on. Be aware that you may need to “turn on” the audio and video after you are connected and in the meeting by clicking on icons, depending on the system and setup.
How to effectively communicate with your doctor
Now you’re all set up and ready to go, but the real question is how do you effectively communicate what you are experiencing so that you can get the proper care if you aren’t physically in the office?
One way you can do this is by taking pictures of any visible symptoms you are experiencing so you can show your doctor. In most cases, these can be uploaded through the patient portal you use to communicate with your physician. If you are experiencing rashes as a result of your lupus, this is a good idea because rashes are often more easily seen in photos than “live” during the video appointment, The Lupus Research Alliance notes.
Another way to effectively communicate what is going on with you is to write down all your questions /concerns in advance so you can get them answered during the appointment.
If you are having trouble easing into the idea of a virtual appointment, try treating it the same way you would if you were physically in your doctor’s office.
Sit down and remain seated. Try to block out distractions and don’t try to do two things at once like washing the dishes or wiping down groceries.
Remember to make “eye contact” with your healthcare provider’s face. Talk directly to him or her. This is important even if you aren’t actually face-to-face.
It may also be helpful to have a close friend or family member sit in with you to listen and take notes during your appointment so that you don’t miss any vital information.
After your appointment, your doctor may want you to come into the office at a later date for lab tests, checking vitals, etc.
We hope these tips help you make the most of your time with your healthcare provider during your telemedicine appointment.