Middle of the night. Tug on the covers. Toddler’s tummy hurts. Lamp turns on. Forehead fever check. Hot! Is that a rash? Illness and injury often don’t follow regular business hours. When seeing your doctor isn’t an option, a virtual health doctor visit might help.
Virtual health – often referred to as “telehealth” or “telemedicine” – gives you peace of mind in knowing that even at 2 a.m. or in a hotel room five states from home (or perhaps both), expert medical care delivered by a state-licensed, board-certified physician is at your fingertips. Virtual health complements (and should never replace) your relationship with your primary care physician. Access to a physician through virtual health can help you get answers and guidance and even medicine to address pressing medical issues when time, distance, or your schedule get in the way of a trip to your doctor’s office. If your doctor already provides you 24/7 telehealth access, you can go that route. But if not, we’ve got you covered. Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Health Advantage members (whether covered under individual or group health insurance policies*) have access to virtual health through their benefits.
Signing up for virtual health is quick and easy.
Is virtual health easy to use?
If you’re using FaceTime, Skype, etc., to chat with family and friends, then you’re already familiar with this kind of two-way audio/visual communication. The only difference is that with virtual health, you’ll visit with a doctor who can help with a diagnosis (for a defined menu of illnesses/conditions) and even prescribe medicine if you need it.
Contact virtual health for nonemergency conditions such as:
- Common cold
- Ear problems
- Insect bites
- Pink eye
- Respiratory problems
- Sore throat
- Urinary problems
And if you’re not familiar with video chats, don’t worry – the technology is very user-friendly, even for beginners.
Virtual health (powered by MDLIVE):
- Let’s you (and anyone covered under your health plan) see a physician after hours or away from home
- Boasts an average wait time of less than 10 minutes
- Features 24/7 availability of primary care physicians (including pediatricians)
Your health plan treats virtual health visits the same as a visit with your primary care physician. Your normal copayments, coinsurance and deductibles apply. You just pay online at the time of service.
What can virtual health be used for?
Virtual health is intended for nonemergency conditions you usually would see your primary doctor to assess and treat. If you have a broken bone, excessive bleeding, dangerously high fever, a bad burn, symptoms of heart attack or stroke, etc., you should get to the nearest emergency room (ER) as soon as possible. Also, virtual health currently does not cover skin conditions (except acne) or mental/behavioral/emotional health conditions. For those conditions, please see a specialist.
Sign up for virtual health today!
- Go to MyVirtualHealth.com – If you are not registered for My Blueprint, that’s the first step, and you can do that from the MyVirtualHealth.com site
- Click the Register button below the Member sign-in area
- Enter your name, member ID number and date of birth
- Enter a My Blueprint username and password
- Your My Blueprint sign-up is complete!
If you’re already registered in My Blueprint, simply go to MyVirtualHealth.com and log in using your My Blueprint username and password.
Once signed in to My Blueprint, select the Virtual Health button, which takes you to our virtual health provider (MDLIVE)
- Provide a username and password for the virtual health service
- Enter a username and choose a security question
- You’re signed up!
Sign up for virtual health now to get care right where you are … right when you need it … before you need a doctor on the other end of the line or link … before there’s a tug on the covers … and tomorrow is too long to wait.
*Virtual health services are available for fully insured members. “Fully insured” means members who purchase their health insurance directly (individuals) and those whose health insurance is provided by their employer (group coverage) through Arkansas Blue Cross or Health Advantage. Some members of self-funded groups also have virtual health. Members whose coverage includes virtual health should be able to register successfully at MyVirtualHealth.com. Members whose coverage does not include virtual health will not be able to register successfully at MyVirtualHealth.com. A check of your benefit summary will indicate whether virtual health is available to you.