Pediatrics Virtual Visits – Frequently Asked Questions

What is a virtual visit?

A virtual visit is a secure video appointment with your provider via your smartphone, tablet, laptop and/or desktop computer. This allows patients to conduct a traditional office visit with their provider electronically through the MyOchsner app or website portal without leaving home or work.

How do I schedule a virtual visit with my pediatrician?

Follow these steps to schedule an appointment online as a virtual visit in the MyOchsner portal. You may also call 1-866-624-7637 to schedule a pediatrics virtual visit.

What are the technical requirements for a virtual visit?

You must have a mobile phone, tablet, laptop and/or desktop computer with microphone and webcam capabilities. Download the MyOchsner app on your device from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android).

How do I start a virtual visit?

Before your visit, complete the ePre-Check in the MyOchsner app to verify your insurance, demographics and sign the Telehealth Consent Form. Click on your appointment to view the details and allow access to your camera and microphone. Select ‘Begin Visit’ in your appointment to enter a virtual visit waiting room until your provider joins the appointment. View the complete steps here.

I am a new patient. Can I do a virtual visit with an Ochsner pediatrician?

Some visit types can be done virtually for new patients in Louisiana. To schedule a virtual or in-person appointment, call 1-866-624-7637 or access the MyOchsner portal.

What conditions can be seen during a general pediatrics virtual visit?

Virtual visits are a convenient option for appointments related to the following conditions:

  • Development/behavior (feeding, potty training, sleeping disorders)
  • Pink eye
  • Rashes
  • Seasonal allergies (sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, itchy nose)
  • ADHD follow up visit
  • Visit follow up
  • Perspective parent & pediatrician meet and greet

Appointments requiring a physical exam, diagnostic test or procedure should be scheduled as an in-person visit. These conditions are appropriate for in-person visits:

  • Well-child checks
  • Immunizations
  • Ear pain
  • Wheezing or cough
  • Fever
  • Falls or head injuries
  • Severe pain of any kind
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abscess
  • New ADHD
  • Limp
  • Joint pain or swelling
  • Headaches
  • Laceration

What conditions can be seen during a specialty pediatrics virtual visit?

Virtual visits are a convenient option for many follow up appointments related to the following conditions:

  • Cardiology: post-op follow up, arrhythmia, new referrals for loop recorder or ablation, dysautonomia, POTS, palpitation, syncope, blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, single ventricle
  • Endocrinology: Vitamin D deficiency, obesity, transgender follow ups, osteoporosis, hypothyroidism, irregular periods, diabetes, hypoglycemia.
    • Appointments requiring a physical exam, diagnostic test or procedure should be scheduled as an in-person visit. These conditions are appropriate for in-person visits: panhypopituitarism, adrenal insufficiency, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, short/tall stature, precocious/delayed puberty, gynecomastia, thyroid cancer, hyperthyroidism, goiter, rickets with bone deformities.
  • Hematology/Oncology: any cancer or hematology diagnosis except for lymphadenopathy which should be seen in person
  • Palliative Care: cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, psychoeducation, psychological assessments
  • Gastroenterology: follow up visits for abdominal pain, celiac disease, colitis, Crohn’s, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), constipation, diarrhea, failure to thrive/growth problems, general gastroenterology, liver, pancreatitis, reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, vomiting
  • Neurology: follow up visits for epilepsy, general neurology, headaches, memory disorders, movement disorders, traumatic brain injuries
  • Pulmonology: follow up visits for asthma, cough, wheezing
  • Genetics
  • BOH Center: ADHD follow up, autism assessment, behavioral training, consults for learning challenges

What does a pediatrics virtual visit cost?

The cost is the same as an in-person visit, as covered by your insurance. As with an in-person visit, you will be billed for co-pay at the time of your virtual visit (where you can pay online) or after the visit is completed. Contact your insurance provider for covered benefits.

What are the advantages of a virtual visit?

A virtual visit provides the same Ochsner experience with added convenience. The physician will do a comprehensive visit with each patient to determine next steps for their care.

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