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5 Ways Technology Makes it Easier to Visit the Doctor


Many young adults believe a visit to a primary care doctor is more time-consuming than going to an urgent care facility. But the opposite is true, thanks to new technology.

Conventional wisdom says young adults believe going to a primary care doctor is too much of a hassle. At BJC, we’re seeing a trend in the opposite direction. More and more young patients are gravitating toward the personalized care offered by primary, family, and internal medicine doctors, thanks to these top five advances in technology. 

1. Online Scheduling

Online Scheduling has streamlined the appointment process. At BJC, you can make an appointment online that fits your schedule with a provider accepting new patients. Appointment confirmations are sent digitally via text or email, to help keep patients on time as well. 

2. Telehealth

Telehealth or virtual visits are offered by the majority of BJC primary care doctors, allowing patients to consult their regular doctors anywhere with a computer or smartphone. In-person visits are usually required for annual wellness and new patient exams.

Once you’re established, scheduling virtual visits is easy. So if you are feeling unwell or experiencing flu symptoms, you can schedule a telehealth visit with your regular doctor, get a treatment plan, and begin your recovery sooner. 

3. Electronic Check-in

MyChart’s e-Check-In lets you complete your pre-visit paperwork online, saving valuable time in the office. You can update your contact information, insurance, allergies, and current medications and supplements. With e-Check-In, you can keep track of questions, symptoms, and concerns, which helps prepare your doctor for your visit as well. Post-visit instructions from your doctor can be stored on your secure MyChart account. 

4. Online Payments

Online payments for your visit can be made through your BJC MyChart account, whether you have an insurance copay or you are a self-pay patient. Once your visit is finished and you’ve received any instructions regarding tests or medication, you can exit the office immediately, rather than waiting to check out.  

5.  Electronic Health Records

Electronic health records, or EHRs, make it easier for your primary care doctor to access and search your medical history, saving time during your visit. Your regular doctor will have these records at their fingertips. The doctors you see at an urgent care may not have access to this information and you’ll have to rely on your memory to fill in your medical history.

With urgent care locations, you will likely have to fill out this paperwork from scratch.

Take the first step today to make your health care more convenient and efficient. Find a BJC primary care doctor near you.

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