Kagman health center launches telemedicine program

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KAGMAN Community Health Center Inc. on Monday launched a telemedicine program, which allows patients to consult with their medical providers online.

KCHC Chief Executive Officer Vincent Castro said telemedicine involves the use of electronic communications and software to provide clinical services without an in-person visit.

It involves installing the Zoom app in one’s smartphone, tablet or computer, he added.

He said telemedicine provides protection to patients and healthcare providers especially during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

“A lot of people don’t want to come in [to the clinic] because they don’t want to expose themselves,” Castro said.

KCHC has a lot of patients who are diabetic or have hypertension, he added. “They are the patients who need telemedicine. But we still continue to see patients in-person at our clinic. We are just adding another option.”

Since it was launched, over 10 people have availed themselves of the telemedicine program.

Castro said a patient does not have to live in Kagman to register at KCHC and anyone can be seen at the health center in person or through telemedicine.

As for a patient’s privacy, Castro said KCHC’s telemedicine system integrates the Zoom healthcare platform into its electronic health records and meets the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA requirements.

“Meeting HIPAA requirements means that extra security features are taken to ensure patient privacy during the video/audio transmission,” Castro said.

He added that KCHC also has the capability to send electronic prescriptions to a pharmacy.

“Services provided using our telemedicine platform remain the same as if you came in and saw us in person. If your telemedicine provider sees that it is necessary for you to come in to be examined physically, you will be informed during the telemedicine visit,” he said.

For more information about telemedicine, call KCHC at 256-5242.

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