How Telemedicine Services Can Help the College Student

Editor’s Note: This article originally ran before fall semester 2019. Now, with cancellations and new standards in place due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this article is even more relevant. These telemedicine services can help not only your college student, but your family. We hope it helps provide you with new resources.


As students pack up to head to college, a lot of them are not only leaving their parents and families behind, but trusted professionals like doctors and mental health therapists. Even if your school isn’t hours away, coordinating time and transportation for necessary appointments can be taxing. And these relationships, built over years, can be hard to sever or transfer. But in the digital age, do you really need to? Maybe not. It’s time to become familiar with telemedicine services.

Telemedicine, or telehealth, is the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to access health care services remotely. Think of it as talking to your doctor via FaceTime or Skype. Sometimes there are devices you can use to help your doctor see or read your vital signs directly. Some doctors use Tyto devices or even the health monitoring apps included on iPhones.

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Many students have found moving to a telehealth schedule easy and natural. Caregivers are anxious to help long-standing patients and also try something new as well!

Dedicated Online Telemedicine

If your home doctor or therapist isn’t quite ready to tackle telehealth services, there are online resources at your disposal. LiveHealth Online and Teladoc are two well known online services. We also recommend contacting your insurance provider to find out about covered telehealth services.

Additionally, you should remember that your college and university health fee covers many services, including mental health. If you’re looking for a new caregiver, or perhaps want someone to supplement your care locally, we recommend starting with student health services.

Whatever route you choose, be mindful and careful about your health as a student. You’re in a new environment, with new stresses and also new germs! Be proactive about your own care!

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