Now, more than ever before, people are opting to take their healthcare online. It’s convenient, private, and you have access to doctors all over the world. Wherever you are, you also have access to doctors and practitioners at The Wellness Way! An online health consult is the new house call. Whether you’re too sick to get out of bed, traveling, or stuck at work, telehealth visits are a great way to get the care you need at your convenience.
After speaking to a few doctors at The Wellness Way Green Bay Clinic, here are some helpful tips for health consults online.
Here Are Things You Should Know About Working with Doctor Online
1. Know What to Expect
An online consult at The Wellness Way will primarily focus on learning about you and where you’re at: We’ll cover your health history, current symptoms, and health goals. From there, we will make recommendations for testing. Some tests we frequently run are:
There are many more tests we can send you or have you get done at your local clinic or blood draw center, such as Any Lab Test Now or LabCorp. We may also recommend supplements to address your needs. If you’re consulting internationally, keep in mind that we may not be able to ship them to your country. You may need to seek a comparable brand locally or use an alternative product.
2. Complete Required Paperwork
Be sure to complete the required paperwork and send it in at least 24 hours before your scheduled : We know paperwork is the worst, but we need it to support you as you restore your health.
Complete the Health History Questionnaire, or, if you have a child age 12 or under, you will need to print out and complete the Pediatric History Form and not the Health History Questionnaire.
Print out and complete the Signature Pages and email these forms to your clinic in preparation for your first appointment!
Complete the Functional Assessment Questionnaire online. This health review takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete. FAQ instructions.
(These forms are not mobile-friendly, please make sure you are on a desktop while completing them)
3. Keep Time Zones in Mind
Now that you can work with a practitioner in another state or country, there are some additional considerations to keep in mind. One of those is time zones! Please double-check the time zone of your doctor or practitioner and make sure you know how many hours they are ahead or behind. You can use a Time Zone Converter to make it easier.
4. Select an Appropriate Place for the Visit
To make sure the appointment is effective, select a private, quiet place where you’ll be undisturbed for the duration of the visit. It should be well-lit and comfortable. If you’d like, feel free to include a close friend or family member in the visit. They can help give information, ask questions you may not have thought of, and take notes. It’s often nice to have that added support of a loved one. Some patients also find it helpful to help clarify what they may have heard during the appointment.
5. Check Your Tech
Ensure you have a working camera and speakers and that you have a stable internet connection. Also be sure to familiarize yourself with the platform you’ll be using if it is new to you. Some require account sign-ups prior to use. These steps will help you make the most of your appointed time with your doctor or practitioner.
6. Show Up Online Early
Be sure to treat your online doctor appointments like you would your in-person appointments. It helps your doctor if you can sign in to Zoom or another platform early so that you’re ready for them when they are ready for you. It’s much like sitting in the waiting room until your name is called.
7. Come Prepared Online as You Would In Person
Know your medical history and bring any recent test results. Be prepared to discuss current symptoms and health goals. Have a list of current supplements and medications with dosages in front of you. Also, write down any questions you have so you don’t need to call back and ask.
8. Expect to Play a Part in the Lab Work
Since you’re not physically in a clinic, your doctor can’t send you to the next room to get a blood draw. That means you’ll need to get any necessary bloodwork done at a local clinic or blood draw center. Do some research to see what options you have available in your area.
9. Recognize That Getting Well Takes Commitment
It’s important to have realistic expectations when working with a doctor online. While the doctor or practitioner can give you all kinds of guidance in the areas of testing, dietary changes, and supplementation, it’s up to you to put them into practice. Realize that health restoration will take some time. While you’ll likely notice improvements in the short-term, health restoration is much like restoring a beautiful Victorian mansion that a fire has partially destroyed. It takes time to bring it back to its original glory, but the result makes it all worth the effort.
The Wellness Way Can Help!
The Wellness Way doctors have patients all over the world! Through long-distance health consults, they’ll look at the three causes of interference in the body — trauma, toxins, and thoughts —and address your unique physiology through an individualized plan. We’ll work together — with you —to restore your mansion to its original state, making it a place where you can live, thrive, and prevent fires from ever happening again. Contact a Wellness Way clinic today!