What is telehealth?
Telehealth means you can connect with a provider outside of the office. Ask your provider* if you can:
- Video chat with your provider through a computer, tablet or smartphone.
- Text with your provider through a secure web portal.
- Talk to your provider by phone.
*Not all providers offer telehealth services.
What technology do I need for a telehealth appointment?
For an appointment with your provider by video, you'll need a computer, tablet or smartphone with a camera and an internet connection.
There are certain services that you can complete by a phone call with your provider.
Don’t have a smartphone?
As a Blue Cross Complete member (if you qualify), you can get a smartphone at no cost to you that can help you use telehealth services. The benefit also includes monthly data and minutes, unlimited text messaging and no-cost calls to Blue Cross Complete’s Customer Service.
To learn more about this program and to apply, view the SafeLink Flyer (PDF). If you have questions about SafeLink, call Customer Service at 1-800-228-8554, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. TTY users should call 1-888-987-5832.
Try these tips to help you get the most out of your telehealth session:
- Get ready. Find a private, quiet place and let others know you can’t be disturbed.
- Test your gear before the session begins to make sure you have good connectivity. Would you feel more comfortable wearing headphones or earbuds?
- Come prepared with any questions, symptoms to share and something to write down the provider’s recommendations.