The Cherokee Nation is moving forward with telemedicine as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
And just last Monday, they started offering teledentistry, as well.
2 Works for You spoke to someone from the Cherokee Nation utilizing the service as both a patient and a doctor.
Since march, more than a thousand patients in the Cherokee Nation's Health System have used videoconferencing technology to speak with a doctor.
It protects patients from having to go to a doctor's office with people who might have the virus, and it protects health care providers.
Medical Director for Cherokee Nation Health System Dr. Roger Montgomery says they've had telemedicine for several years, but now they're rapidly increasing its usage.
"If you're an established patient, if you have high blood pressure, if you have diabetes, if you have any of your chronic conditions, you're follow up visit can be accomplished very easily and fundamentally through a telemedicine visit. Now, a new patient visit for a new ailment, a new condition, that's a little trickier. But again, most pre-screening of patients can done with a telemedicine visit."
Dr. Montgomery says Cherokee Nation patients should contact their health care provider to set up an appointment.
You can use an app on your cell phone, or your computer if you provide an email address.
To schedule an teledentistry appointment, you need to call 539-234-2800.
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