MD Harris Institute Telemedicine (MDHIT) cares for patients in the following areas:
- Acute Minor Illness or injuries
- Episodic preventive medicine care, such as physical exams for healthy students and workers.
- Non-operative sports and rehabilitative medicine care
- Preventive, Occupational, and Environmental Medicine
- World Medicine (including acupuncture, yoga, and other areas of traditional Chinese, Indian, African, and Native medicine).
- Health, fitness, and aesthetics
- Pastoral counseling (family, marital, individual)
MDHIT does not provide ongoing routine primary or specialty care. Patients must find their own long term primary care provider. If you are in the United States and need emergency care, please call 911 immediately. If you are elsewhere, please follow your appropriate national, regional, or local system to access medical care.
Our focus is on underserved and distressed people throughout the world. For example, MDHIT provides care to patients from West Virginia to the Ukraine and Central Asia. We do not charge for services. Third party donations are welcome, but donations from patients are discouraged.
How to prepare for your visit
Telemedicine is different from in-person medicine in that many parts of the physical exam cannot be done by the provider. For example, looking in the ears and listening to the heart is not possible via telemedicine without specialized equipment.
Please have the following items at hand before the exam:
- Flashlight – to illuminate skin findings (such as a rash) and to check the reactivity of pupils (in the eyes) to light. Do not use the flashlight on your phone if you are using the phone for the telemedicine connection. The light must be separate from the phone.
- Spoon – to depress the tongue during a throat examination.
- Magnifying glass – to magnify skin findings
- Other medical equipment (stethoscope, glucometer, pulsoximeter, blood pressure machine) – as available
Please expose the body part which is causing the concern. For example, if your main complaint is ankle pain, please expose that ankle. If it is nausea or vomiting, please expose the abdomen. Do not expose private body parts, such as anything covered by a swimsuit, at any time. Please see your primary care or specialty physician for such concerns.
Accessing the MDHIT
Contact Dr. Harris to make an appointment. At least five minutes before the appointment time, sign in to the MDHIT Virtual Waiting Room below. Signing in will automatically notify the doctor and he will admit you to the Virtual Examination Room.
What to expect at your visit
Please let Dr. Harris know if you cannot see and hear him adequately. He will ask for your consent to interview, examine, and treat you. You may hear him typing in your medical record while talking to you. Sometimes he will look away because he is typing or looking up the latest references.
Dr. Harris will ask you about the following, as indicated:
- Chief complaint – What is the main concern that you have today?
- History of Present Illness – Please provide more information about the symptoms that you currently have and the story behind your current complaint.
- Medical, Surgical, and Mental Health History
- Social and Occupational History
- Family and Reproductive History – if needed
- Medication Use
- Alcohol, Tobacco, and other substance use – if needed
- Social influences on health (food security, poverty) – if needed
Please feel free to refuse to answer any question.
In a telemedicine visit, the patient will need to do some parts of the exam that a provider does in an in-person visit. For example, if the doctor asks you to squeeze your fingertip, he is checking to see how quickly the color turns from white (when the blood has been squeezed out) to red again (when the blood returns). If he asks you to walk, he is checking your gait. Depending upon your complaints, the exam will be more or less detailed. Musculoskeletal and rehabilitative care typically require examinations including strength and range of motion testing.
After your visit
You will achieve the greatest success if you follow Dr. Harris’ instructions carefully and consistently. Chronic pain, swelling, and poor range of motion frequently found in sports and rehabilitation practices take a long time to improve. Exercises are extremely important.
If you develop negative effects from any treatment, please see your doctor for primary, specialty, or emergency care as soon as possible. MDHI Telemedicine does not provide ongoing primary or specialty care and does not provide emergency care of any kind.
The Great Physician, Jesus Christ, healed the sick. Though a pale shadow of His power and glory, we at the MDHIT do what we can to promote health and alleviate suffering throughout the world. We are blessed to serve you.
MDHI Telemedicine Resources for Clinicians
Dietary Reference Intake Calculator – reveals each patient’s general dietary needs.
MD Calc – Calculator for a wide variety of medical conditions
USPSTF – Preventive Medicine recommendation calculator
Dr. Harris’ Patient Resources
- Immunization Schedule – Birth to Six Years
- Immunization Schedule – 7-18 Years
- Immunization Schedule – Adult
- Mental Health – Context of Care and Recovery
- Sports Medicine Exercises
- Sample Sleep Diary for Patients with Insomnia
General Patient resources
- Cleveland Clinic – One of America’s leading health care systems
- Family Doctor – Patient education
- Geisinger – One of America’s leading health care systems
- Hospital Compare – A US Government site featuring hospital comparisons
- Mayo clinic – One of America’s leading health care systems
- Micheli Center – Sports Injury Prevention
Direct care staff resources
- Audio Digest Foundation – medical education audio programs
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – USA
- CDC NIOSH – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
- CDC Travelers Health – Health resources for travelers
- Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
- Cochrane – Evidence-based reviews
- Essential Evidence Plus – point of care clinical decision recommendations
- National Medical Practice Guidelines
- Pubmed – Articles from the National Library of Medicine
- Radiopedia – Radiology information for physicians
- Teton Data – Medical information and calculators
- Up to Date – Evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical decision support tool
- VA DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines – Evidence based guidelines to improve patient care, and save money.
- Commonwealth Fund – Health Care data
- Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care – Population based data about health care
- Joint Commission – Healthcare organization accreditation
- Military Health System
- National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine
- National Quality Forum – Quality
- Trust for America’s Health
Medical Groups (Clinical)
- American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine – Beauty and fitness
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- American College of Sports Medicine
- American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
- AMSUS – Society of Federal Health Care Professionals
- International Society for Infectious Disease (ProMed)
- International Society of Toxinology – Information on Toxins and Antitoxins
- National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
- Performing Arts Medicine Association
- Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society – Dive
- Wilderness Medical Society
- Aerospace Medical Association
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry – CDC
- American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
- American College of Preventive Medicine
- American Journal of Preventive Medicine
- Bread for the World – International Faith-Based Institute opposing hunger
- CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases
- CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
- Immunization Health Care – Defense Health Agency
- National Association of Community Health Centers
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Building health worldwide
- Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
- Defense Center for Public Health
- Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)
- World Health Organization
- World Organization for Animal Health