Frequently Asked Questions
For more information or for any questions not listed, feel free to call Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care, toll-free at 1-833-599-0447.
- What is Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care?
With Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care, you can access a provider from your home, office, or on the go- 24/7/365. Our Board-Certified providers can visit with you either by phone or secure video to help treat any non-emergency medical conditions. Our providers can diagnose your symptoms, prescribe medication, and send prescriptions to your pharmacy of choice.*
- Is Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care appropriate for every medical condition?
No. Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care is designed to handle non-emergency medical issues. You should not use Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care if you are experiencing a medical emergency. In case of a medical life-threatening emergency, you should go to your closest ER or dial 911 immediately. While Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care is not intended to replace your primary care provider for common or chronic conditions, a virtual provider’s appointment can sometimes substitute a provider’s office, urgent care, or an emergency room visit.
- What are the most common conditions you treat?
Our providers are trained to treat a wide range of conditions. Some of the most common are:
- Ear Problems
- Insect Bites
- Pink Eye
- Respiratory Problems
- Sore Throats
- Urinary problems/UTI
- How do I sign up for Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care and activate my Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care account?
- You can easily sign up and activate your account by using one the following methods:
- Activate Online
- Call our toll free number at (833) 599-0447
- For registration assistance from Sophie
- For D-H/APD Employee Health Plan Members: Text dhhemployee to 635483
- All others: Text dhhvirtual to 635483
- Is Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care available for patients who speak other languages besides English?
Currently the online registration portal is only available in English, but patients can call our toll-free number (833) 599-0447 to request registration assistance and help scheduling a visit with a provider or including an interpreter. Patients may use the “Schedule A Visit” option to request a specific language option for the visit.
- When is Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care available?
Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year, even on holidays. Use Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care anytime you have a non-emergency medical condition, are unable to see your primary care provider, or when you simply prefer a convenient, cost-effective alternative to the emergency room, urgent care center, or clinic.
- Where is Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care?
Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care is available anywhere in the United States**. Our network of board certified providers will be provided to you based on the state in which you are located. We make sure that each provider is fully licensed to practice medicine in your state.
- Can I use Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care for children?
You can access Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care for patients 3 years and older. For the medical treatment of infants and children less than 3 years old, contact the child’s primary care provider on-call, and/or for urgent medical concerns, consider going in person to an urgent care center or healthcare emergency department.
- Can Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care be accessed on mobile devices?
Yes, Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care can be accessed on most mobile devices with an Internet connection on your mobile browser.
- Who are the Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care providers?
Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care is staffed by employed providers within the Dartmouth Health System as well as physicians contracted through MDLIVE. All Dartmouth Health and MDLIVE doctors are U.S. Board Certified and able to treat a wide range of patients and conditions. Following each consultation, our members are given a survey to evaluate their appointment. We analyze and review the results for quality assurance and use them to continually improve our processes. Selected provider consultations are also reviewed by our internal medical board.
- Can a provider prescribe medication as part of Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care?
Yes, if the Dartmouth Health Virtual Urgent Care provider believes medication is warranted, he or she can write a prescription for non-narcotic medications (i.e. no controlled substances), which can be sent directly to the pharmacy of your choice.* As soon as your consultation is over, your prescription will be sent electronically to one of over 65,000 pharmacies to choose from. If for any reason your pharmacy is unable to receive e-prescriptions, a traditional prescription is generated for our providers to sign and fax. All prescriptions are fully compliant and include all required information.
- Is Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care safe and private?
Yes, Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care is safe and private. Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care is compliant with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and will only share your information with your selected provider and pharmacy.
- What system requirements do I need for Dartmouth Health's Virtual Urgent Care videoconferencing?
To use video conferencing you need:
- Windows®7, Vista, or XP
- A Mac running OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or superior.
- Highspeed internet connection
- A webcam with at least 1.3 megapixels
- Microphone (most webcams already have microphone built in)
After you set up an account, you will be able to use a simple online simulation to test your configuration and check if you are ready for a virtual consultation.
- I have a question that isn’t listed here. Can you help me?
Don’t see your question? Don’t worry. Just call us at 1-833-599-0447. We have highly trained health service specialists standing by to take your call, 24/7/365.
MDLIVE, INC. NOTICE AND DISCLAIMER:
* Please note: Some state laws require that a doctor can only prescribe medication in certain situations and subject to certain limitations.
* MDLIVE physicians may not treat any children with urinary symptoms.
* Parents/guardian will be required to complete a different medical history disclosure form for children under the age of 36-months prior to making an appointment with an MDLIVE physician. Children under 36 months who present with fever must be referred to their pediatrician (medical home), child-friendly urgent care center or emergency department for clinical evaluation and care.
MDLIVE Prescription Policy
Doctors providing consultations for MDLIVE members offer prescriptions for a wide range of products that deliver direct medicinal value. These include, but are not limited to, drug classes such as antibiotics and antihistamines.
It is important to note that MDLIVE is not a drug fulfillment warehouse. In the event a doctor does prescribe medication, he/she will usually limit the supply to no more than thirty days. Patients with chronic illnesses should visit their primary care doctors or other specialists for extended care. MDLIVE doctors do not issue prescriptions for substances controlled by the DEA, for non-therapeutic use, and/or those which may be harmful (potential for abuse or addiction). For a current list of DEA controlled substances, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/
** In Arkansas and Idaho; an initial visit must be completed via video. After an initial visit, subsequent consultations may be completed via phone.