UAB eMedicine Outpatient Clinic
UAB’s eMedicine Outpatient Clinic service brings our expertise to your community using technology. It allows established patients to visit with their UAB Medicine specialist and receive a physical exam in their own community through a videoconferencing system rather than driving to Birmingham for routine follow-up appointments.
These videoconferencing systems are located at county health departments throughout Alabama, which also are equipped with Bluetooth-enabled stethoscopes that allow the provider to listen to the patient’s heart and lungs remotely. eMedicine Outpatient Clinic visits for returning patients are available for the specialties listed below:
- Bone Marrow Transplant
- Cardiovascular Surgery
- Kidney Transplant
- Liver Transplant
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine
- Palliative Care
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
UAB eMedicine is working to add additional specialties. More than 100 providers have been approved to deliver telemedicine services and are working to start their outpatient clinics.
If you are interested in using UAB’s eMedicine Outpatient Clinic service, talk to a member of your care team. For more information, please contact Ashley McGrane, operations director of UAB eMedicine, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Prepare for an Outpatient Telehealth Clinic Visit
At UAB eMedicine outpatient telehealth clinics, you and your family receive UAB Medicine’s world-class care in your community’s medical facilities. We make sure these visits provide the same quality of care that you receive at traditional, in-person clinics at UAB.
Here is some information to help you better understand and prepare for your telehealth visit:
- You will not go to UAB for your telehealth visit. You will receive a reminder letter via mail and/or the Patient Portal indicating where your telehealth visit will be. This will include the medical facility’s address and directions to it.
- Please arrive 30 minutes early for any telehealth appointment. Multiple offices are coordinating these visits, so patient intake can take longer than with in-person visits at UAB.
- Bring the usual items to your visit, including photo ID, insurance card, and list of prescriptions. If your physician asked you to have outside laboratory testing performed, please bring those results; the nursing staff at your telehealth location will send them to your physician.
- Join the myUABMedicine Patient Portal. Accessible via any Internet connection, this free and secure web-based service allows you to send your physician any outside lab results, fill out telemedicine consent forms, ask questions about your telehealth care, and much more. The Patient Portal also offers personalized and secure access to portions of your larger electronic medical record, allows you to check your scheduled appointments, and makes it easier for you to manage your health and stay connected with all of your UAB Medicine providers.
If you have questions, please contact your physician’s office or call the UAB eMedicine Coordinating Center at (205) 996-3633.
UAB eMedicine Frequently Asked Questions
Telehealth and telemedicine are terms that generally mean the same thing. They both involve using technology to deliver health care remotely, enabling patients to receive quality medical services in their own community.
Insurance coverage for telehealth services has expanded greatly in recent years. Medicaid, Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield all cover some telehealth services. For more information about your coverage, please contact your insurance provider.
Bring the same things you would bring to any other medical appointment, such as photo ID, your insurance card, a list of current medications, etc. If your physician ordered outside lab tests for you, please bring those results, and the staff at the telehealth location will fax them to your physician
Telehealth clinic visits are very similar to traditional medical visits, but your provider speaks to you and examines you through the telemedicine equipment. With the help of the nursing staff at your location, your provider can complete a full physical exam, including listening to your heart and lungs with a Bluetooth-enabled stethoscope. Depending on the specialty, telehealth visits last 30-60 minutes.