First time using telehealth for hypoglycemia? Learn what you need to know.
All About Telehealth for Hypoglycemia
Telehealth allows doctors to care for people virtually over a phone call, text message, or most commonly, video chat.
Although some situations require an in-person visit, telehealth is a great option when you can't get to the doctor's office for your hypoglycemia.
If you're new to telehealth, here's what you need to know.
Medicare will cover telehealth visits just like in-person visits, but state Medicaid programs and private insurers vary, so confirm your coverage in advance.
With telehealth, even though you're not in the doctor's office, your private health information is still covered by HIPAA, so it will remain confidential and secure.
Although your endocrinologist can't give you a physical exam via telehealth, they can write you prescriptions and offer quality care, especially if you prepare in advance.
Before your telehealth appointment:- List any hypoglycemia symptoms (including dates and severity), such as shakiness, dizziness, sweating or fast heartbeat- Document any side effects from your hypoglycemia medications- Note any dietary changes you've made recently- Ask if you need to fast or take any other measures ahead of time- Keep a record of your recent blood glucose numbers, including the time and date you tested- Record your vital signs if you own a thermometer, heart rate monitor, or blood pressure monitor- Compile a list of your health conditions and medications- Write down any questions you have for your endocrinologist- Charge your computer or phone- Make sure your internet is reliable- Download any telehealth apps your specific provider may require- Have your glucose meter ready- Find a quiet, private space to conduct the call- Be prepared with pen and paper or a note-taking app
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