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Armed with computers and iPads, Stanford doctors see patients while protecting themselves against COVID-19

Original post made on Apr 3, 2020

Stanford Health Care has ramped up its use of telemedicine and online tools to examine patients -- not just outside of the hospital but inside as well -- during the COVID-19 crisis.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 2, 2020, 9:14 PM

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Posted by More-Televisits
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2020 at 11:40 am

As a client of Stanford Healthcare, I have been asking my doctors for televisits for a long time now in order to stay off of Highway 101—which is dangerous, or blocked, for miles from 2:30PM-8:00PM (going south). None of my doctors were interested. I got into a tense discussion with one who was asking me to come in frequently—only to sit in an examination room and talk.

Now that the health and safety of healthcare workers is clearly endangered—these folks seem to be more than anxious to have people use televisits.

CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) has waived a lot of restrictions for televisits. Billing seems to have been a problem in the past. The Trump CMS has now authorized televisit payments as if these visits were in-person.

My first televisit resulted in a telephone call with the doctor because the interface did not work. Telephone visit worked fine in this case.

The VA has been offering televists for some time now—particularly for Vets living in rural areas without a reasonably close VA Healthcare Center.
Will be interesting to see if Stanford continues to promote televisits in the future.

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Posted by Jack Meof
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 3, 2020 at 12:38 pm

This is so going to change the way medicine is practiced in the future.

Think, there will be no need to put doctors in expensive cities like Palo Alto. Instead, we can base them all in Bangalore or Wuhan and you can see them anytime after 6 pm on your iPad.

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Posted by Mountain View
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 3, 2020 at 3:14 pm

I would love to have someone explain to me how a person is supposed to drive through a testing site with a fever over 100 degrees, shortness of breathe and a severe cough. I appreciate the need to conserve PPE, but I live alone and get infected, how am I supposed to get to Stanford to be tested in a parking lot? And don't say Uber because I won't use them for general safety reasons. One of the saddest sights I've seen on TV are those mobile test tests with people standing in line for hours while they are sick. At least provide chairs.

Posted by we were promised more tests and PPE
a resident of Evergreen Park

on Apr 3, 2020 at 3:24 pm

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