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Telehealth services offered in Joplin, MO

The team at Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri believes that every family deserves easy access to top-quality pediatric care, and telehealth is a tool that enables Joplin, Missouri, families to connect with practitioners no matter where they are located. If you’re ready to give telehealth a try, call or click to schedule a visit.  

What is telehealth?

Telehealth is a method of medical practice that connects patients and practitioners remotely. Communicating with your child’s provider by phone is one type of telehealth, but most remote visits rely on video technology to conduct visits. 

Not every pediatric need can be met through telehealth, but many parents are surprised at how many children’s health issues can be addressed through remote visits. The best way to explore telehealth in more detail is to schedule a visit and experience this method of care yourself. 

What are the benefits of telehealth?

Convenience is one of the biggest benefits of telehealth. The ability to “meet” with your child’s provider without having to get everyone dressed and in the car is incredibly convenient. You can have telehealth visits in the comfort of your home, while at a relative’s house, or even while traveling. 

Telehealth is a powerful way to protect kids and family members with compromised immune systems against exposure to dangerous viruses or bacteria. There’s no need to sit in a waiting room with others who are ill while you wait for your child’s appointment. 

Remote visits can be completed using a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet, or even a video-equipped phone. 

How should parents prepare for their child’s pediatric telehealth visit?

Taking some time to prepare for your child’s visit is a great way to get the most out of the appointment. Begin by considering where you’ll set up for the visit. Try to find a quiet place out of the way of household traffic. 

Lighting is also important, as your child’s practitioner needs to see them clearly to assess their condition. Try to find a setting with plenty of natural light, and move a lamp if needed. Be sure you have access to a power source to keep your device charged throughout the visit. 

Finally, think about what you hope to accomplish from the visit. Feel free to write down a list of questions, and have a pen and paper ready to take note of any instructions or guidance provided during the visit. 

When you’re ready to try telehealth, call the office to book a visit or spend a few moments on the online scheduling page.