Virtual Care Offers Real Relief for Many Ailments

November 30, 2017

Imagine receiving health care from the comfort of your own home. No dragging yourself or your child out of bed to sit in a waiting room. Does it sound too good to be true? How about getting treated by a primary care provider in the middle of the night - without going to the emergency room?

It’s possible for many illnesses with CHI Health Virtual Care. In fact, an estimated 30 to 60% of the care that happens in primary care offices can happen virtually - over a smartphone, laptop or tablet. But what illnesses and conditions are appropriate for virtual care?

10 Typical Virtual Care Scenarios:

  • That cough is hanging on and it’s keeping you awake at night.
  • Your seasonal allergies are causing congestion.
  • Your toddler has pinkeye.
  • You have the telltale signs of a urinary tract infection.
  • You have a fever and think you might have the flu.
  • Your child is vomiting and/or has diarrhea.
  • You’ve developed a rash.
  • You have a headache that won’t go away.
  • Your child wakes up complaining of ear pain.
  • You have a bug bite or sting and you’re not sure what to do.

Virtual Care providers take great care to diagnose illnesses and prescribe appropriate medications. Because your health is paramount, there are some limitations to this approach to health care.

You shouldn’t use Virtual Care for:

  • Symptoms of heart attack (crushing chest pain or arm pain)
  • Symptoms of stroke (face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, sudden confusion, trouble seeing or walking, severe headache)
  • Extreme shortness of breath
  • Broken bones or cuts that might require stitches

Medications that cannot be prescribed virtually:

  • Narcotics (oxycodone or vicodine)
  • Anti-anxiety medications (Xanax, Valium)
  • Stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin)

The next time you or a family member is under the weather, consider the Virtual Care option through CHI Health. It's available 24/7 for only $10. For more information - including full list of ailments treated - go to CHI Health Virtual Care.