Animal Hospital of Whitfield County introduces Telemedicine to Client Services.
Times are changing fast, and with a dedication of leadership and innovation to better care for your pets, so are we! Affordable and convenient, Telemedicine has changed the way we communicate with health professionals across the nation. A third of the US population already uses telemedicine and trusts the method to deliver faster, more efficient ways to manage healthcare. As we continue providing patient care in the COVID-19 pandemic, our practice needs to develop new protocols to communicate with our clients and provide peace of mind while protecting the health and safety of our community.
You can have a “face-to-face” appointment using Skype for video conferencing in a few simple steps. If you are an established patient and have current records, you may already have a qualifying “VCPR,” Veterinary Client Patient Relationship. Call for more information, and we will be happy to answer your questions and walk you through the process! 706.226.3710
What it means to establish a VCPR:
- A VCPR is present when all of the following requirements are met:
- The veterinarian has assumed the responsibility for making clinical judgments regarding the patient’s health, and the client has agreed to follow the veterinarians’ instructions.
- The veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the patient to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the patient’s medical condition. This means that the veterinarian is personally acquainted with the keeping and care of the patient by a timely examination of the patient by the veterinarian or medically appropriate and timely visits by the veterinarian to the operation where the patient is managed.
- The veterinarian is readily available for follow-up evaluation or has arranged for veterinary emergency coverage and continuing care and treatment.
- The veterinarian provides oversight of treatment, compliance, and outcome.
- Patient records are maintained.
Join us as we strive to innovate and provide you with the best care possible for your pet!
Telemedicine can be used for advice and triage/ decision support for-
- Vomiting and Diarrhea
- Limping to assess severity and urgency
- Preventative care: Flea and Tick medications and parasite prevention
- Dermatologic concerns
- Hospice and Palliative care
- Behavioral issues
- Postoperative follow-up
- Environmental concerns/hazards that might contribute to a particular condition
- Long-term care monitoring