July 13, 2020 - Local Clinic Provides Video Visits with Doctors
(Patterson, CA) –- Del Puerto Health Center, a part of the local Del Puerto Health Care District, has begun providing live video visits for patients with their healthcare providers. This is a new tool provides safe access and continuity of care for patients at home.
The Health Center received a $100,000 grant from Health Net, California’s largest Medi-Cal managed care plan, and used the funds to purchase hardware, provide training/technical assistance, and engage a Telehealth Coordinator, Jose Vigil.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Del Puerto has provided phone consultations for existing patients and beginning on July 1st could provide those visits where the patient and doctor can see each other via video. “At a time when social distancing is critical, telehealth protects providers and patients,” said Vigil.
“Telehealth allows us to connect with our patients in their home, evaluate signs and symptoms of COVID-19, direct testing, treatment, and care, educate, and triage those who need to go to the hospital,” said CEO Karin Hennings. “Telehealth allows our patients to see and speak with their healthcare provider, which will also assist to decrease anxiety in this difficult time.”
Currently telehealth visits are available to established patients only. The clinic follows all CDC guidelines, including temperature screening and wearing masks, to provide safe in-person visits. Patients can call (209) 892-9100 for more information.2020-07-13 Local Clinic Provides Video Visits.pdf2020-05-7 Health Center Expands Telehealth Services.pdf2019-12-20 Health Care District Announces New Union Agreement 2.pdf