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What Is A Virtual Doctor Visit And Is It Right For You?

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Connectivity is available at every step, making almost everything we do online more productive. Now, more than ever, anyone with a device and wifi has the opportunity to obtain information instantly at their fingertips. Enter virtual visits with the doctor, a time-saving and potentially life-saving advance in technology where patients near and far have a direct line to general practitioners and specialists via video conferencing software. This is where connectivity truly has the power to improve lives.

Online meetingWhat is a virtual visit?

Imagine taking out the headache of going to see the doctor for certain appointments. By means of video conferencing, a virtual visit is held in the comfort of one’s own home or desired space, giving patients a way to make contact with a doctor, practitioner or health care center – without the traditional hassles of “going to see a doctor.” A virtual visit embodies the face-time of meeting with a practitioner, minus the logistics of missing work, booking months in advance, commuting across town, and waiting in the waiting room before seeing the doctor – to name only a few!

Regardless of where the patient is located, virtual access to care is established through a device via a communication platform where both the patient and doctor can convene. Contrary to a normal doctor’s visit, a virtual visit can happen from anywhere, instantly, and is a suitable solution for a majority of preliminary medical concerns – preventative and urgent. And one thing is for certain – waiting in a virtual waiting room is much more pleasant than a physical one!

Why a virtual visit?

The benefits of virtual doctor’s visits are many. Firstly, patients who live in rural areas have limited medical resources. And a specialized doctor? Not likely. Even city dwellers who are in close proximity might not have a straight forward line of approach to specific medical professionals! Especially if there’s a referral required or an extended waiting list. With virtual visits, the gap between patients and practitioners is bridged, providing a time-saving and convenient avenue for regular or urgent care appointments. Offering video conferencing and conference calling alternatives to in-office appointments bring inclusivity to all sorts of communities.

Who is a virtual visit for?

A virtual visit is appropriate for follow-up visits when patients are required to review test results with a doctor or share their response after treatment. Furthermore, video conferencing sessions are successful and have been used extensively in the realm of behavioral and mental health care – effective in therapy sessions or one-on-ones. In addition, for the elderly, disabled or newcomers with language barriers, virtual visits provide are a safe and convenient option to confer with a medical professional in the familiarity and privacy of their own space.

Medical ProfessionalHow does a virtual visit work?

A virtual visit can take many forms, but typically:
1. The patient’s invitation is received via email from their healthcare provider after determining if a virtual visit is suitable for their condition or request.
2. The patient should be set up on their device in a quiet, distraction-free environment (headsets make a difference!) that is private and comfortable for them to open up about their condition as they would in person with a doctor in the screening room.
3. The patient needs to test their internet connection and follow the instructions in the invitation outlining how to check the camera, speaker and microphone.
4. The patient has the floor to open up and communicate with the doctor about their condition.
5. The patient and doctor discuss the next steps together regarding a follow-up, prescription or diagnostics.

In other cases, patients may engage in a virtual visit from a healthcare center rather than at home. It’s as simple as scheduling an appointment to visit the office; signing in at reception; being led into a private, telemedicine room then opening up to the doctor about the condition and following up.

Let Callbridge’s intuitive two-way communication platform assist in providing medical care to patients who need it. With straightforward, easy-to-use technology, virtual medical care cuts down costs, commuting, and time by simplifying the process. Make the most of key features like moderator controls, the artificial intelligence bot Cue™, transcription and screen sharing for accurate medical care and supervision that has no boundaries.

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Jason Martin

Jason Martin is a Canadian entrepreneur from Manitoba who has lived in Toronto since 1997. He abandoned graduate studies in Anthropology of Religion to study and work in technology.

In 1998, Jason co-founded the Managed Services firm Navantis, one of the world’s first Gold Certified Microsoft Partners. Navantis became the most award-winning and respected technology firms in Canada, with offices in Toronto, Calgary, Houston and Sri Lanka. Jason was nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 and was named in the Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s Top Forty Under Forty in 2004. Jason operated Navantis until 2013. Navantis was acquired by Colorado-based Datavail in 2017.

In addition to operating businesses, Jason has been an active angel investor and has helped numerous firms go from private to public, including Graphene 3D Labs (which he chaired), THC Biomed, and Biome Inc. He has also aided the private acquisition of several portfolio firms, including Vizibility Inc. (to Allstate Legal) and Trade-Settlement Inc. (to Virtus LLC).

In 2012, Jason left day-to-day operation of Navantis to manage iotum, an earlier angel investment. Through its rapid organic and inorganic growth, iotum was twice named to Inc Magazine’s prestigious Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies.

Jason has been an instructor and active mentor at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management and Queen’s University Business. He was chair of YPO Toronto 2015-2016.

With a life-long interest in the arts, Jason has volunteered as a director of the Art Museum at the University of Toronto (2008-2013) and the Canadian Stage (2010-2013).

Jason and his wife have two adolescent children. His interests are literature, history and the arts. He is functionally bilingual with facility in French and English. He lives with his family near Ernest Hemingway’s former home in Toronto.

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