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Asthma (Pulmonology) Telemedicine Services

Doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC use telemedicine for both new patient visits and follow-up care.

As national leaders in caring for those with asthma, we've long served people throughout the U.S.

Now, the widespread acceptance of online care has made it easier than ever to see a UPMC asthma expert.

About Asthma Institute's Telemedicine Services

UPMC uses telehealth to bring world-class care to you, whether you live across town or across the country.

Safe and secure equipment lets your doctor assess you from the comfort of your own home.

Benefits of Asthma Institute's Telemedicine Services

You might try online care if you:

  • Find it hard to visit Pittsburgh for care.
  • Have well-controlled asthma and are managing it well.

Who Can Use Asthma Telehealth?

The doctors at UPMC's Asthma Institute welcome both new and current patients to schedule a virtual visit.

Doctors use a range of techniques and tests to diagnose asthma, such as:

  • A physical exam.
  • Chest x-rays.
  • Pulmonary function testing.
  • Bloodwork.

These all require in-person care either before or after your virtual visit. Your doctor will let you know when you should complete these tests.

Sometimes, your doctor may order a test based on the results of a telehealth visit. At other times, your doctor may ask you to complete testing before your online visit so you can discuss the results.

What to Expect During Your Asthma Video Visit

Once you make an appointment for online care, your doctor's office will explain how to log on to start your visit.

UPMC uses hi-tech equipment so that your doctor can see and hear you clearly. Our equipment meets the latest HIPAA privacy and cybersecurity requirements.

Before their first visit, some people report being nervous about using the technology. But thousands of UPMC patients have already had success with video visits.

Insurances we accept

UPMC accepts most insurance companies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many health plans to relax their policies around people using telehealth for care.

But the situation continues to change quickly. It's best to check with your health plan before your visit to find out what your insurance covers.