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The MD Harris Institute Telemedicine Clinic (MDHITC) cares for patients with acute minor illnesses or injuries and provides episodic preventive medicine care, such as physical exams for healthy students and workers. The MDHITC also offers non-operative sports and rehabilitative medicine care.
The MDHITC does not provide ongoing routine primary care. Patients must find their own long term primary care provider.
Our focus is on underserved and distressed people throughout the world. For example, the MDHITC recently provided care to patients at a clinic in the Ukraine. We do not charge for services, but donations are welcome.
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 without specialized equipment.
Please have the following items close by 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 at any time. Please see your primary care or specialty physician for such concerns.
Accessing the MDHITC
After being accepted as one of his patients, contact Dr. Harris to make an appointment. At least five minutes before the appointment time, sign in to the MDHITC 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 the doctor 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 the physician’s 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 untoward effects from any treatment, please email us at MDHarrisInstitute@gmail.com. If the effects are severe, please discontinue the treatment and rapidly seek primary or emergency care.
If your symptoms do not improve, please schedule another appointment with MDHITC or follow up with your personal primary care physician. If your symptoms are severe, please seek emergency medical services promptly.
The Great Physician, Jesus Christ, healed the sick. Though a pale shadow of His power and glory, we at the MDHITC do what we can to promote health and alleviate suffering throughout the world. We are blessed to serve you.