In an effort to limit community spread of COVID-19, NY Health is happy to announce that we now offer virtual appointments – otherwise known as Telehealth! Telehealth is the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to access and manage health care services remotely. Telehealth appointments are available to all of our existing patients, as well as our NEW ones!
It is imperative during this public health emergency that patients avoid unnecessary travel, which includes visits to physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals, or other health care facilities where they could risk their own or others’ exposure to the illness. We understand this and are here to help all of our patients.
Using a state-of-the-art, HIPAA-compliant virtual platform, we can quickly schedule remote visits and connect with our patients. Our scheduling staff is highly trained, and all doctors and nurse practitioners are proficient in conducting virtual medicine visits. These visits allow physicians to perform patient evaluations, patient education, medication adjustments, prescription renewals, and plan for important laboratory testing in the comfort of the patient’s home. By doing so, we can avoid gaps in care which could result in complications. Keep in mind – whether it be an in-office visit or a telehealth visit – NY Health will still offer the same services. The only difference is that telehealth appointments are done remotely.
Some of our Telehealth services at NY Health include (but are not limited to!):
- Diagnosis and treatment plan of acute kidney disease (sudden loss of kidney function)
- Diagnosis and treatment plan of chronic kidney disease (loss of kidney function over time)
- Kidney disease education as part of our chronic kidney disease clinic
- The management plan of resistant hypertension, evaluation of white coat syndrome
- Post-kidney transplantation follow-up
- Kidney stone consults
- Proteinuria consults (loss of protein in the urine)
- Hematuria consults (blood in the urine)
- Dialysis-related care (in-center hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis)
- Mens and womens health in urology
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have currently waived penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers that serve patients in good faith through everyday communications technologies, such as FaceTime or Skype. If the patient does not have access to a smartphone, visits can be conducted directly over the telephone.
At NY Health, we want to reassure you that we are here during your time of need while maintaining safety precautions. If you or a loved one is in need of care, please call our office, 631-689-7800, and we can schedule a VIRTUAL APPOINTMENT VIA TELEHEALTH for you. You can also request an appointment here. Subsequently, we can make appropriate recommendations and follow-up as clinically indicated.