What’s the best tip to stay safe during a telemedicine visit?

What’s the best tip to stay safe during a telemedicine visit?

Prepare.

Telemedicine visits done “on-the-fly” are a bad idea.  They’re not a call to your mother or your best friend, they’re serious business.

A doctor whom you do not know and who does not know you will be offering medical advice, including prescribing drugs.

You must get your thoughts together before making that contact.

Why am I calling?

What other medical problems do I have?

What medications am I taking?

These are about a few of the questions you must think about before your contact if you want a visit that serves your purposes and is also safe.

Most telemedicine providers have guidelines that suggest specific strategies to prepare for your visit.  Follow them.

And read an interesting book about it.

That’s the best way to stay safe.