During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019-2020, the Chicago Neuroscience Institute (CNI) developed telehealth services. Telehealth services let you interact with your provider from the convenience of your own home using a mobile device or computer with a webcam which is referred to as “virtual appointments”.
During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019-2020, the Chicago Neuroscience Institute (CNI) developed telehealth services. Permanent solutions were adopted to improve the delivery of care to CNI patients. The prefix “tele” means from a distance. Telehealth refers to the use of telecommunication technologies such as computers, the web, and mobile devices to support remote consultation, data interpretation, and health related education. The broad topic of telehealth encompasses telemedicine, which specifically refers to the use of technology to access remote medical experts for diagnostic interpretation of data acquired though specialized onsite testing.
Telehealth services let you interact with your provider from the convenience of your own home using a mobile device or computer with a webcam. Continuation of your health care is important to us, and we encourage you to use telehealth services when appropriate. Telehealth services can be helpful for those who are disabled, sick, immune compromised, or unable to drive. The approach provides CNI staff with an efficient way to become more involved with patient care while monitoring disease and treatment progress. Telehealth services are designed to augment patient care in between scheduled visits, not to replace office visits. Telehealth visit are sometimes referred to as “virtual appointments”.
If you have not been contacted and offered a telehealth appointment, you can contact CNI at 847-888-1811 to scheduled one. This type of visit is not guaranteed and would be based upon your clinical status.
In many cases, you will be proactively contacted by the Institute giving you the option to convert your appointment to a telehealth visit. Before your visit, you will need to check your technology and personally prepare using the preparation checklist or by accessing email links that a staff member might email you.
Prior to participating in a telehealth session you are required to complete and return a signed CNI Telehealth Consent Form. You can complete the form online and/or download the consent form by accessing the link below. The completed printed consent form may be returned to CNI via email, fax, or regular mail.
CNI staff has access to remote medical specialists such as board-certified cardiologists, radiologists neuroradiologists, and a retinal specialist to interpret data acquired with onsite testing. Telemedicine services support a timely diagnosis, reduce wait times for specialty input and eliminate unnecessary travel. Telehealth services can also be used to access our staff dietitian(s)/clinical nutritionist(s) between scheduled visits.
A variety of technologies are available to enable your CNI doctor and/or healthcare team to monitor your health remotely. These technologies include:
Telecommunication technology provide unique opportunities for healthcare professionals to become more involved during patient care in between scheduled office visits. While telehealth has the potential to improve the coordination of care, it also runs the risk of fragmenting healthcare. Fragmented care may lead to gaps in care, overuse of medical care or unnecessary or overlapping care.
The potential benefits of telehealth services may be limited by other factors, such as the ability to pay for them. Insurance reimbursement for telehealth varies by state, type of insurance and between insurance carriers. Some people who would benefit the most from improved access to care may be limited because of limited regional internet and/or due to limited access to telecommunication technology.