Treating Hypothyroidism via Telemedicine
If you have hypothyroidism, or suspect that you may have a thyroid problem, Dr. Melnick is able to successfully diagnose and treat you remotely from his Manhattan office via telemedicine consultations. Dr. Melnick frequently treats patients from out of town, out of state, and even out of the country with telemedicine.
Hypothyroidism is a condition that is perfectly suited for telemedicine because in a conversation with a person suffering with hypothyroidism, a knowledgeable physician is able to discuss a person’s symptoms which are the real key to accurately diagnosing hypothyroidism. Blood tests are also an important part of diagnosing hypothyroidism, but actually have a secondary role in both the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Blood tests are most important in the identification of the root cause of a person’s thyroid hormone deficiency. In a Telemedical setting, blood test requisitions can be sent to patients by email. People then can have their blood drawn and tested at a local commercial (not a hospital) laboratory, such as Quest Labs. Results are sent to Dr Melnick and are also available to the patient via a patient portal. Dr. Melnick will discuss the results and their significance in a subsequent telemedical conference. Thyroid sonogram testing is also an important diagnostic tool because the presence of thyroid nodules strongly suggests the presence of Hypothyroidism. Just as is done for blood testing, patients are sent a test requisition that is performed at a local radiologist’s office. The results are sent to Dr Melnick, who discuss them with the patient.
Benefits of Telemedicine Treatment
Telemedicine enables Dr. Melnick’s patients to have consultations and follow up appointments in a timely and convenient manner. Dr. Melnick uses Doctor.com’s telemedicine service for virtual appointments. This is a secure, HIPAA-compliant service that was built specifically for telemedicine services.
Because Dr. Melnick is able to follow the same processes as he would with patients who are physically present in his office, telemedicine diagnosis and treatment is just as effective. Telemedicine makes Dr. Melnick available to many patients who are unable to travel to New York City to consult with him in person. Telemedicine also gives patients the follow up care needed to feel well enough to lead happy and productive lives. His staff will email intake forms to fill out and return prior to your initial consultation, which asks questions about your medical history, current symptoms, and past and current treatment, as well as any recent test results. On the day of your virtual appointment, Dr. Melnick will have this information ready to review with you. If any blood tests or other testing is needed prior to or after the telemedicine appointment, Dr. Melnick’s office is happy to email you laboratory requisitions for testing to be done at a local clinical laboratory. Please let us know if you need to have comprehensive blood work performed before your consultation and we will email you the lab requisition.
Dr. Melnick’s office uses an online prescription platform to prescribe medications for his patients. Whenever refills are needed, please email the office at this email address only: HDMAPPOINTMENTS@gmail.com
Are There Any Special Requirements for Telemedicine Appointments?
Another benefit of telemedicine is that it requires little preparation to set up. Patients do need to have a web-enabled camera to allow for a face-to-face encounter. Most smartphones and laptops are now equipped with cameras that will work well enough for a virtual appointment.
It is recommended that you join the virtual meeting from a location with good internet service. If your internet connection will not support video conferencing or would prefer to consult with Dr. Melnick by traditional phone call, please advise the staff so that arrangements can be made.
Insurance and Costs
The practice does not participate in any insurance plans, but will happily provide forms to submit to their insurance company for possible reimbursement.
- Initial consultation……$500
- Follow up visit……$250
Please fill out our Telemedicine Consent Form.
How to Make an Appointment
If you would like to schedule a telemedicine appointment with Dr. Melnick, please call our office at (212) 369-8700, email HDMAPPOINTMENTS@GMAIL.COM, or use our convenient appointment request form. His staff will schedule your appointment and provide the necessary details for your video consultation.