(Topeka, Kan., Jan. 8, 2018) – Collaborative care, close to home has become even more convenient for Stormont Vail Health and Cotton O’Neil patients with the introduction of E-Visits and online scheduling through MyChart.
MyChart is a tool patients use to review their medical history, request prescription refills, connect with their physician and now patients are able to both schedule appointments online and conduct E-Visits with a health care provider.
Appointments available for scheduling through MyChart include office visits, screening mammography, annual physicals, same-day appointments and well-child check-ups.
E-Visits have been available for the past year for Stormont Vail employees as a pilot program before rolling out to the community. Shelby Flower, PCT, is one employee who has participated in the E-Visits.
“With two infants at home, I have to prioritize my trips out,” said Flower. “I was able to get the care I needed without having to leave the comfort of my own home.”
E-Visits are a convenient option for patients who are having symptoms that do not necessarily indicate a need to visit a Cotton O’Neil Express Care location or the Emergency Department. E-Visits may address some of the following symptoms: diarrhea, rashes, sore throats, upper respiratory issues and urinary problems.
“I knew that the symptoms I was experiencing weren’t serious enough to require a hands-on evaluation,” said Flower. “It was quick, easy and allowed me to receive immediate help.”
Patients can schedule their E-Visit by accessing MyChart through a web browser at mychart.stormontvail.org and typically receive a response within one hour. There is a low, out-of-pocket cost of $45 for the visit, which is often less than the cost of a visit to Express Care. E-Visits are not recommended for life-threatening conditions including chest pain, severe shortness of breath, severe pain, dizziness or fainting. Please seek emergency help if you are experiencing any of those symptoms.