Virtual health goes by many names, including telemedicine or telehealth. To put it simply, Carle provides state-of-the-art audio and video technologies, text-messaging applications, and other technology. These tools allow you to connect with your provider wherever you are, whenever you need us.
With multiple hospitals, primary care clinics and specialty services across Illinois, we know that sometimes traveling to these services isn’t always possible for you. Virtual health can bridge these gaps and connect you to the care you need in a safe and convenient manner.
Virtual health is utilized at Carle health system by providing:
As a Level 1 Trauma Center and Level III Perinatal Service Center, Carle Foundation Hospital often treats you during your most delicate health emergencies. Our Intensive Care and Neonatal Intensive Care Units provide lifesaving, round-the-clock care you need in order to live.But we can’t always be by your bedside. With virtual health,we can safely monitor you from anywhere in the hospital. So even when we are on the phone, we still have an eye on you.
We can connect you with a specialist at many of our clinic locations via our state-of-the-art audio and video technology equipment. Our providers can help perform all the typical assessments – examining eyes, ears, and lungs, as well as listening to hearts – with the assistance of a local medical assistant or registered nurse and some very specialized telemedicine medical devices.We currently offer virtual health services in several different specialty areas, and we are constantly evaluating other specialties to add to this list. Services include:
We know that managing your chronic diseases is best done using a team-approach where a team of clinicians, led by your physician, check on you frequently, as well as monitor your blood work and other signs to support your care plan. In these situations, virtual health can support the monitoring of your health from a distance and allow your care team to guide you from a distance. In certain cases, they can also educate you to take care of your health from a distance when clinically appropriate and safe.
Virtual visits allow you to see and hear your Carle provider from anywhere. These can now be conducted directly through your MyCarle account.
When scheduling your next appointment, your provider’s office may suggest a virtual visit. Virtual visits are covered by many insurance providers and are subject to a co-payment.