Virtual or eConsultations are increasing in popularity for both the patient and the provider. Studies have shown significant time and cost reduction when assessment, evaluations, and consultation are conducted virtually. However, getting the most out of your virtual consultation is to be prepared by having current medical paperwork and knowing what questions to ask your surgeon. KidKutsMD™ is a concierge plastic surgery practice for infants and children, providing compassionate and individualized care for injuries, such as lacerations, hand and face injuries, and dog bites.
Beginning in 2008, Dr. Matthew Trovato studied the use of digital images in order to help streamline care for plastic surgery patients. His research group concluded that remote digital images could provide accurate management decisions in over 90% of cases.
As a result, he developed eConsultation to improve how injuries are evaluated quickly and accurately. Results were published in eConsultation in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Studies show that eConsultation offers similar outcomes for on-site exams of plastic surgery patients and a 97% success rate in remote evaluation in triage decisions, which decreases emergency room wait time and provides real-time, cost beneficial, post-operative assessments.
Telemedicine and virtual consultations are becoming an integral part of healthcare and aesthetic medicine. Overall, your eConsultation is similar to an in-person visit; however, it is essential to know how to prepare for your online visit.
Before your consultation, complete any standard intake forms and take pictures of the area needing treatment. Then upload your documentation via the KidKutsMD™ mobile app or email it to [email protected]. Our plastic surgeon team has been doing virtual consultations for years to assist with out-of-town clientele, so rest assured you will have clear communication about the information needed to make precise assessments before the surgery takes place.
Similar to your provider’s office, you want your virtual consultation to be in a quiet and private location, where you are sure you will not be interrupted. Again, make sure your area is well lit and your camera can see the treated area. Even though pictures are sent ahead of time, your surgeon must be able to see the area needing treatment, so place the screen and camera at a comfortable height and distance.
You are emailed or text a private link from the surgeon to attend the virtual consultation and placed into a waiting room until your designated time. Our surgeons use a HIPAA-compliant platform for the consultation because of its ease of use, security, and convenience. Your doctor is then notified you are present for the meeting, and your consultation begins.
Your surgeon will have reviewed your paperwork and pictures. Still, it is important to have an open dialogue with your doctor to discuss any concerns you may have about cosmetic surgery. When the procedure is performed on a child, all persons who will give medical consent must be present during the consultation.
KidKutsMD™ assists pediatricians, urgent care facilities, and patients by providing direct access to board-certified and board-eligible pediatric plastic surgeons 24/7.
We are here to ensure you receive a treatment plan that best suits your child's needs. When you download our mobile app, you can schedule an appointment, speak to one of our specialists, or purchase a KidKutsMD™ membership. You can also reach us by calling 855-KID-KUTS at any time of the day or night. We serve patients in North Texas in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Carrollton, and Addison.
To schedule a virtual consultation with one of our KidKutsMD surgeons, please fill out our short contact form below, and one of our staff members will reach out to you.