IU Health virtual screenings


AGES. I’M GRETCHEN I CHANNEL 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS . AND AS OUR COUNTRY TRIES TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET MORE PEOPLE TESTED FOR THE CORONAVIRUS. ARE YOU HEALTH SAYS ITS VIRTUAL CLINIC IS PROVING TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ONE WEEK. THEY SCREENED MORE THAN 3000 PEOPLE FOR CORONAVIRUS. ONLY ONE CONFIRMED CASE CAME OUT OF ALL OF THOSE SCREENINGS AND YOU’RE WITH US THIS MORNING IS DR. MICHELS, A SANTA. SHE’S A MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE CLINIC AND ALSO THE CHIEF QUALITY AND SAFETY OFFICER AT IU HEALTH. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. YOU RAISE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THIS. I’M GLAD YOU’RE GOING TO BE HERE TO CALM SOME FEARS TOO. BUT HOW WE’VE MENTIONED THIS VIRTUAL CLINIC. HOW EXACTLY DOES IT WORK? SO IT’S FAIRLY EASY. THERE’S AN APP THAT YOU DOWNLOAD APP STORE OR GOOGLE PLAY OR WHATEVER YOUR APP VERSION IS. YOU CAN SIGN UP. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A NIU HEALTH PATIENT. YOU PUT IN SOME INFORMATION YOUR NAME AND THEN YOU CLICK ON IT. THERE’S A CORONA VIRUS SCREEN SO THERE’S A VIRTUAL BUT IT’S GREEN IN THE CORNER OF YOUR SCREEN. YOU CLICK ON THAT AND THEN YOU SEE A LIST OF NURSES THAT ARE THERE. WE JUST I JUST LOOKED AT IT RIGHT BEFORE WE CAME ON AND THERE ARE AT LEAST FOREIGNERS IS WAITING. OTHERS HAD PATIENTS WAITING FOR PATIENTS. CLICK ON THAT AND THEN THEY’RE GOING TO ASK YOU A FEW QUESTIONS. YOU WANT THIS TO BE THE FIRST FOR PEOPLE, CORRECT? CORRECT. CORRECT. WE WANT THEM TO DO THIS BEFORE THEY EVEN TRY TO GO SEEK CARE. AND SO THAT WE CAN DETERMINE WHAT’S THE SAFEST WAY TO GET THEM TO THAT CARE THAT THEY MAY NEED. ANYTHING PEOPLE NEED TO PREPARE GOING INTO THEIR VIRTUAL SESSION. THE TWO THINGS WE’RE GOING TO ASK YOU UPFRONT ARE IF YOU’VE BEEN EXPOSED TO SOMEONE KNOWN TO HAVE COVERED 19 AND IF YOU’VE TRAVELED WE’RE GONNA ASK YOU WHERE YOU’VE TRAVELED RECENTLY AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR SYMPTOMS. SO PROBABLY NOT MUCH YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED FOR INFORMATION. GENERALLY PEOPLE KNOW YOU SAID ONE WEEK SCREAMED ABOUT 3000 PEOPLE OUT OF THOSE 3000 HOW MANY PEOPLE DID YOU RECOMMEND TO GET ACTUALLY TESTED? SO THOSE THREE THOUSAND 11 PEOPLE WE RECOMMENDED FOR TESTING. SO IN MY MIND THAT MEANS THAT MANY PEOPLE STAYED HOME OR MAYBE HAD TO SEEK TREATMENT. BUT WE GOT THEM TO THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME AND PRETTY HIGH CONFIDENCE IN DOING THIS THIS WAY. BY YOU WERE ABLE TO DIAGNOSE SOMEONE FOR FURTHER? YES. SO I WOULD SAY WE SCREEN THEM AND WE SEE THEM SO THAT THE BEST PART ABOUT THAT IS THAT A NURSE IS LOOKING AT YOU AND CAN GET A FEEL OF ARE YOU BREATHING? ARE YOU HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING? HOW DO YOU LOOK? THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. AND SO I THINK THAT GIVES US A FAIR AMOUNT OF CONFIDENCE. WE REFINE THE PROTOCOLS EVERYDAY AS THAT AND THE COUNTRIES CHANGE AS OTHER THINGS CHANGE. WE’RE REFINING THOSE ON A DAILY BASIS TO HAVE THIS LAST QUESTION FOR YOU TO A VIEWER E-MAILED ME YESTERDAY WITH A WITH THIS QUESTION SHOULD HEALTHY SENIORS POSTPONE THEIR REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEDICAL DENTAL CHECKUPS RIGHT NOW? AND SO I THINK THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. I THINK BEFORE YOU POSTPONE ANYTHING, CALL YOUR DOCTOR. SOME PEOPLE NEED THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN AN INDIVIDUAL CASE BY CASE BASIS. I THINK WE WILL START TO SEE SOME OF THAT HAPPENING IN THE COMMUNITY TO JUST HELP WITH THE SPREAD. BUT ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS WHO HAVE OTHER MEDICAL PROBLEMS CALL AHEAD OF TIME BECAUSE YOU MAY NEED TO BE SEEN TO GET INFORMATION VERY USEFUL .THANK YOU SO MUCH. HERE THIS MORNING. AND JUST SO EVERYONE KNOWS TO REMEMBER WE HAVE SO MANY RESOURCE FOR YOU. GATHERED ALL IN ONE SPOT RIGHT NOW

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