Local patients can get diagnosis without visiting doctor

Charles Warren, of Beavercreek, has his blood pressure checked at a Premier HealthNet office inside the Kroger store at 2115 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering. Premier HealthNet has launched a new service that allows patients to be diagnosed and treated by virtual communication. (Provided)

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Charles Warren, of Beavercreek, has his blood pressure checked at a Premier HealthNet office inside the Kroger store at 2115 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering. Premier HealthNet has launched a new service that allows patients to be diagnosed and treated by virtual communication. (Provided)

Premier HealthNet has launched a new service that allows patients to be diagnosed and treated by a doctor even if they’re miles apart.

The primary care practice, which is part of the Dayton-based Premier Health system and has offices from Vandalia to West Chester, is now offering so-called “E-Visits” – a new way for patients to inform a physician about their symptoms and receive diagnosis and treatment — including prescriptions — using Premier HealthNet’s MyChart online patient portal.

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However, E-Visits are only available for a limited set of illnesses, such as back pain, diarrhea, vaginal discharge, red eye, cough, sinus problems, urinary problems, headache, heartburn and fatigue.

E-Visits are not telemedicine, where patient and provider communicate with each other via video, according to Premier.

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