How to Prep for a Virtual Visit with your Doctor

Prepare so you can get the most out of your doctor’s video call

Welcome to the age of telemedicine. You’re virtually meeting your doctor through video conferencing software for a virtual medical visit. That’s terrific!  Maybe you’ve done this before. Maybe you haven’t. Regardless, we thought you should have a few things ready to save you and your doctor some time, and possibly another potential virtual medical appointment. We’ve written a list of things to keep in mind for your upcoming medical virtual visit with your doctor via video call. Read on below before you hop onto your video conferencing software.

1. List any Complaints or Concerns

Funny, right? A list telling you to write a list. The irony isn’t lost on us. So yes. List any complaints or concerns. Well, not any complaints or concerns. Don’t talk to your doctor about fixing your TV, obviously. But write a list for any health complaints or issues you may not have spoken properly about with this particular doctor before. That way you can refer to the list at any time during your video call and not miss anything that you may need to tell your doctor about. Err on the side of caution. Anything to do with your body and health should be reported to your doctor, even if it’s no grave cause for concern. Better your doctor should know than not know. Try to do that around two days before your scheduled video call with your doctor, to  give you time to remember everything.

2. Tell the Doctor your Medical History

Your medical history includes things like past and active allergies, whether or not you got chicken pox as a child, medications you’ve taken in the past and medications you’re currently taking, as well as any ailments you currently suffer from, and more. Typically, a doctor speaking to you for the first time will ask you a few questions about your medical history, but  there’s only so much a doctor can do if you haven’t gathered that information. And there are cases where doctors tend to patients for decades without knowing all their medical history. These cases sometimes lead to complications which could have been avoided had the patients answered their doctor’s medical history questions correctly from the start. Yes, you can make a list for that as well, after you stop laughing. That’s two lists on this list.

While your family’s medical history isn’t technically your medical history, it’s significant because it can help your doctor factor in genetic possibilities for you developing issues you currently show no signs of suffering from. So yes, go ahead and tell your doctor your family’s medical history as well. Parents, grandparents, ancestors, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, and anyone else you can think of. Oh go on then, throw a couple of cousin degrees in there too. No, don’t make a list for that. To really get it right, you’ll want to make a chart. I speak with humour, but this could actually be amazingly helpful to your doctor and thus, to your health and well being.

3. Set Your Room

Whether you’re using an external webcam or the camera on your device, your doctor is relying on that camera to see you. If you’re going to show an injury, rash, or any type of affliction to your doctor, make sure you can position yourself and your camera well enough for the camera to send your doctor a clear view of your issue. Make sure the lighting is correct as well because the camera can only depict as well as it processes the light.

If you’re using a tablet or a telephone it helps to have an adjustable phone or tablet mount with a suitable surface to stick it on. If you’re using a laptop, an adjustable desk or table might be more helpful. In both those cases, an adjustable chair is recommended. These factors will improve your mobility during the video call so that the doctor can see any part of your body which you may need to show them.

The good news is, if your doctor’s video conferencing software is “Banty Virtual Clinic”, your video call is going to be a lot easier. As far as telemedicine goes, Banty Virtual Clinic is a pretty helpful option in more than one aspect. Read more about Banty Virtual Clinic and maybe mention it to your doctor. Good luck on your doctor’s virtual medical appointment!

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Abdallah Al Alfy

Alfy is a content writer of 17 years, writing in multiple literary and content disciplines, and translating professionally since his early teens. Full name of Abdallah Al Alfy, he is also a licensed pharmacist in multiple countries. Alfy’s pharmaceutical background has often been an asset in scientific and medical writing.