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How a Telehealth Medicolegal Assessment is Conducted


Telehealth has revolutionized the field of healthcare making remote medical consultations and assessments possible. This can be used to provide medicolegal assessments as well where an individual’s medical condition will be assessed by a medical professional remotely. And the results of the evaluation can be used for legal purposes or insurance related matters.

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You will need to schedule an appointment for the telehealth medicolegal assessment. This can be done through The assessment will generally be requested by an employer, a legal representative or an insurance company. The appointment details will be provided to the individual being assessed. They will be given the date and time for the appointment along with how to access the platform so that the evaluation can be carried out smoothly without technical difficulties. There will be a secure telehealth platform used to conduct the assessment. This allows for real time communication between the individual and the assessing physician. The platform should be HIPAA compliant and the security allows for a private assessment process.     

There is some preparation required before the assessment takes place.

The individual will need to gather relevant medical records, any documents that shed light on their medical condition, documents related to medical history and results of diagnostic tests so that these can be provided to the physician. The assessing physician will go through this documentation to gain a better understanding of the case so that they are well versed with the individual’s medical background. This will be done before the assessment. Once the appointment starts, there will be a virtual consultation which will begin with introductions on both sides. Th assessing physician will explain the reasons for conducting the assessment and clear up any questions they have about the medical history of the individual. They will ask about any symptoms the individual is experiencing currently and whether they have noticed any functional limitations.

There will be a physical examination carried out through telehealth as well.

This will be a limited examination because of the remote assessment. However, the assessing physician can get an idea of the individual’s mobility by asking them to perform certain movements or tasks. The individual will be carefully guided through the process and their response will be observed by the physician. There will also be documentation shared electronically such as diagnostic reports that have been done previously or photos of their injuries. This can be uploaded using the platform allowing the physician to visualize the materials easily. The medical records of the individual will be reviewed so that the physician can gain more insight into the medical condition of the individual along with any history of treatment they have had. An assessment will be formulated by the physician based on the virtual consultation and their findings will be documented. The assessment report will then be shared electronically with the party that has requested it. Sometimes the physician will follow up with the individual regarding certain specialist opinions or any additional diagnostic tests to complete the assessment.

Mcauley Herring
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