Limiting exposure through virtual visits and telemedicine
The recent focus on physical distancing and the need for people—particularly older adults—to limit their potential exposure to illness has placed new attention on virtual doctor visits and telemedicine. If you’ve never tried connecting with a health care provider remotely, consider becoming familiar with the process so that you can be comfortable giving it a try if you need to.
In virtual visits, you can see a licensed doctor through a service offered by your health plan. Doctor on Demand®
are two services offered by some Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) health plans. Go to your plan’s website (see below) and follow the links for virtual visits. There, you’ll find information about connecting with one of the service’s contracted providers.
Telemedicine is a general term that typically refers to video visits using a smartphone or computer. These are initiated by your provider as an alternative to an office visit.
Visit your plan’s website to learn about virtual and telemedicine visits and see the broad range of general and mental health issues that can be addressed from the comfort and safety of your home: