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Telemedicine

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We use a variety of innovative telehealth services to deliver high-quality virtual care at UC San Diego Health. Our goal is to offer you convenient and safe ways to access health care.

What Is Telemedicine?

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Telemedicine is the use of telecommunications technology — often a computer, phone or other mobile device — to provide health care or connect with your health care provider without coming into a medical clinic. The terms telemedicine and telehealth are sometimes used synonymously. This doesn’t replace the doctor-patient relationship, but supports and enhances it.

Examples of telemedicine services include online doctor appointments, remote monitoring of your health condition, messaging your doctor through your MyUCSDChart account, watching an online video sent by your provider before a procedure, and getting email, phone or text reminders about medical appointments.

Our Telehealth Services

Our robust telemedicine services include:

Video Visits

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 To make a virtual appointment, go online to your MyUCSDChart account or call your doctor’s office. Get started today.

We want to make doctor consults easier for those who have difficulty traveling or wish to receive health care from home.

You can conduct video visits on your smartphone or tablet with our health care providers from home, work or another convenient location. These virtual appointments — done through our free MyUCSDHealth app — are private, secure and incredibly convenient.

Online Second Opinions and Imaging Reviews

Through our online second opinion program, you can get access to leading specialists at UC San Diego Health no matter where you live. If you’re facing a complex medical issue or difficult treatment decision, having a second opinion from a world-class academic medical center can provide invaluable guidance and treatment options.

We offer online second opinions and imaging reviews for medical specialties such as hip surgery and neurosurgery (including acoustic neuroma, pediatric neurosurgery, Parkinson's disease and stroke).

International patients: We also offer online medical records review for patients who live outside the United States.

Interpreting and Language Services

If your English is limited, if you have hearing or speech difficulties or if you communicate with American Sign Language (ASL), we can provide interpreters to help patients. These trained interpreters can speak different languages and help you remotely via videoconference or telephone at no cost. Learn how to request our free interpretation and language services for patients.

Secure Online Communications and Medical Records

You can easily and securely manage your medical information online via the MyUCSDChart patient portal — anytime, anywhere. Use MyChart to make appointments, message your doctor and care team, request prescription renewals, view test results, access medical records, pay bills and more.