With the telehealth portal, users can connect 24/7 with a board-certified emergency medicine physician. These visits are free during a pilot period, spanning from Aug. 4-18. Following this period, there may be a change for the service depending on insurance.
The pilot programs will be able to treat urgent medical issues, such as colds, the flu, headaches, stomachaches, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Ongoing conditions such as diabetes; asthma; hypertension; and everyday care, such as prescriptions and refills and birth control, can also be treated.
“During COVID-19, some people may be shying away from needed medical care,” said Danny Kistner, McKinney Fire Department chief, in a news release. “We hope the McKinney Fire Department’s telemedicine program will be a way for people to safely seek that help.”
To get started, use the following steps:
- Visit https://ies.connectedcare.md/.
- Click on “I’m a Patient” to register for an account.
- Schedule a telemedicine visit by clicking "Visit Type” and selecting “McKinney Fire Mobile Medicine.”
Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect an extension to the initial pilot program period.