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Dignity Health Medical Group – Bakersfield patients can schedule virtual visits with their physician

Posted at 2:39 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 17:39:22-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Dignity Healthy Medical Group - Bakersfield patients can now schedule virtual visits with their primary and specialty care physicians.

This new service gives patients an option to receiving high-quality care when needed from the comfort of their home.

Functioning like a Skype or Facetime call, a virtual visit uses live, secure, HIPAA-compliant video technology to allow patients to directly see and speak with their physician through the convenience of their mobile device, tablet or computer.

“We are pleased to provide our patients yet another convenient way to improve access to the care they need,” said David Dougherty, MD, medical director of Dignity Health Medical Group – Bakersfield. “Virtual visits will allow our patients to consult with their physicians from home, providing an additional layer of safety during the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dignity Health is also leveraging additional digital tools such as AI-powered online self-assessments and triage to further reduce the transmission of the virus and care for the community.

The service is available to new and existing patients who are seeking primary and specialty care.

Physicians can provide a treatment plan during a virtual visit just as they would during an in-person appointment, including the option to prescribe medication and request follow-up care.

Check here to schedule a virtual visit care appointment with a medical group physician or APP, or call (661) 846-6826.