If you’re a frequent reader of our blog, you no doubt have heard that we are offering virtual visits so that patients can see a provider from the comfort of their home. While this was initially started as a response to COVID-19, it has become clear that we need to continue offering online visits to patients in order to best serve them.
When it comes to scheduling and preparing for a virtual visit, there are a couple of things you’ll want to know. In today’s blog, we share some tips to help you prepare for your virtual visit with Dr. Silverman.
It couldn’t be easier to schedule a virtual visit with Dr. Silverman and the team at Silverman Ankle & Foot. All you need to do is click the button below to see our availability and pick a time that works for you! Or if you prefer, we can also help you find a time that works by calling our office at (952) 224-8500!
Now that the easy part is out of the way, here are the next steps to prepare for your virtual meeting. For patients who we normally see at the Edina clinic, we’ll be using Zoom to conduct the meeting. You’ll need to download that app on a smartphone, tablet or laptop in order to access the appointment. For those patients we normally see in Apple Valley, we’ll be using the My Chart system.
On the day of your appointment, gather any medical information you want to share with Dr. Silverman. If you need to forward imaging results, do this prior to your appointment. Next, find a quiet place to conduct the meeting. Depending on your condition, it may be worthwhile to have space in front or behind you in case any physical tasks need to be performed. A hallway makes a great location because you can walk down it, which will allow us to visualize your gait should we want to examine your stride. Good lighting is also helpful!
Some patients also find it beneficial to wear earbuds during the meeting. This generally helps to improve the audio quality, and it can give you a little more privacy if you’re not the only one home at the time of the appointment.
From there, treat it as you would any other appointment. Be open and honest about your symptoms and current treatment options, and be willing to listen. We know these virtual visits may feel a little different, but they still allow us to provide you with a high level of care, and that’s what really counts. We’ll be able to provide guidance on what your next steps should be and how we can assist with the process.
That’s it! It’s a very straightforward process, and we can answer any questions you might have leading up to your appointment over the phone at (952) 224-8500. Hope to see you in the virtual appointment room soon!