Remote visits available for heart patients who need follow-up care and monitoring while practicing social distancing
You may be practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, but what if you have a heart condition that needs to be monitored? The answer is in telehealth. One area that has gotten quickly up to speed on remote visits is the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Heart Rhythm Center led by Kent E. Morris, M.D., cardiac electrophysiologist.
Telehealth is a good solution for established patients who simply need to do an annual or twice-yearly check-in with a physician. For newer patients, it can be more of a challenge, however it is easier to do an online or telehealth visit to assess the patient’s condition before moving to an in-person appointment.
Patients can use a smartphone, laptop or desktop with a webcam, or even a tablet. This can be a great situation for older patients who don’t mind not having to leave home to go to the doctor. You may contact your provider’s office to see if scheduling a telehealth visit is possible. Once your provider’s office schedules the appointment for you, you will access your video visit by signing in to MyNortonChart and clicking on the Appointments tab.
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Please note that this is different from Norton eCare, which is a self-scheduled service offered for minor illnesses. If you don’t have a MyNortonChart account, sign up at NortonHealthcare.com/MyNortonChart. More information on accessing your video visit may be found here.
For patients with pacemakers or other cardiac devices, follow-up appointments routinely are done remotely. The device sends reports to the physician’s office, where it is read and checked for issues.
If a patient needs a heart rhythm analysis, for instance, there are a number of options, including mobile outpatient cardiac telemetry.
“The patient wears a monitor that they can put on and wear anywhere from one to 30 days, and it sends information back to our office,” Dr. Morris said.
These devices use cellular-connected technology to send almost real-time data. There are some commercially available gadgets that can provide information as well, such as the Apple Watch or Kardia, which takes a medical-grade electrocardiogram (EKG) anywhere you are.
“While these are not substitutes for the full 12-lead EKG we do in the office, they can give us some good data,” Dr. Morris said.