They make it sound so simple, don’t they?
Wanna see your doc, just fire up your computer or cellphone… and you can do EVERYTHING from the comfort of your sofa.
Sounds GREAT. Why didn’t we think of this YEARS ago???
Well, when you actually try it out… you SEE why we didn’t think of this years ago.
They call it “telemedicine”… as if it’s a phone call…
But it’s usually much more complicated than that
It requires either a laptop or smartphone connected to the internet… as well as apps, logins, passwords, email, and whatever else Bill Gates has cooked up in Silicon Valley.
You gotta be some kind of tech whiz to make it work!
Friend, I’m going to put you one step ahead of the game… and show you EXACTLY how to get the help you need…
Even when you’re NOT ALLOWED in the clinic!
How ‘telemedicine’ has left seniors in the dust
If all this makes your head spin… you’re not even close to alone.
A new study finds that 1 in 3 older adults have trouble with the tech end…
And nearly 40% say they feel they’re “not ready” for telemedicine.
Do they CARE that the sudden rush to telemedicine is leaving many seniors in the dark?
No, they don’t.
And even though you’re using LESS of their office space… staff… equipment…
And you’re not even getting a PHYSICAL exam…
I’ll betcha NONE of your docs have cut their rates or copays!
What a nice little scam this turned out to be – FOR THEM.
Let me help you get a leg up on all this.
Yeah, I’M your tech support today! And I’ve got 5 steps to hiccup-free “house calls.”
STEP #1: Contact your medical provider and find out what they use for virtual visits, like a special phone app you’ll have to download and create an account for.
Here’s the part I can’t stress enough: Write your password down twice. Put one in your password book or night stand… and one on the fridge or another place so there’s a backup. Losing a password is how too many seniors get “locked out” of their docs’ virtual offices.
STEP #2: Write down a list of questions and concerns… and leave space to write his answers. Even more important, don’t feel rushed during the appointment – if you need to, ask the doctor to slow down and even repeat himself.
STEP #3: Choose a spot in your home by a window in daylight or with a nice bright lamp facing you. Place your phone, tablet, or laptop onto a table where it’s secure and won’t move around… and sit back a few feet so your doc can see your whole face clearly.
STEP #4: Use a headset if you have one. If you don’t, you’ll have to place your smartphone on “speaker mode” (or what we used to call “speakerphone”). And here’s the hump that lots of seniors can’t seem to get over – take yourself OFF mute!
STEP #5: After your “appointment,” go over your notes while everything is still fresh. If anything slipped your mind during the appointment, don’t hesitate to contact your doc – either by calling him directly or by messaging him through the app.
And if he tries to get you to roll up your sleeve for a flu or pneumonia vaccine this year… show him this info that I recently shared with you.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen