The emergence of COVID-19 has changed how we do everything – eating out, going to the grocery store, and even visiting the doctor for a routine checkup.
Recognizing the need to improve the efficiency of health care visits during the pandemic, UT Physicians has announced digital, contactless coronavirus screening in our clinics throughout the Greater Houston area.
“While the health and safety of our patients remain our No. 1 priority, we recognize the additional screening and safety precautions can be a bit cumbersome when arriving at our clinics,” said Sahar Qashqai, executive director of UT Physicians Healthcare Transformation Initiatives. “We are thrilled to introduce the digital version of the COVID-19 screening questions that patients may take up to 24 hours before their appointment. We are hopeful that this will alleviate some of the stress for patients and improve the efficiency of health care visits.”
Patients will be encouraged to fill out the assessment before their appointments. They can do so by downloading the free UT Physicians app, available for both Apple and Android devices. The screening questions, available in both English and Spanish, take only a few minutes. Patients are asked about any symptoms they may be experiencing and if they have been tested for coronavirus in the last 14 days.
Upon arrival, patients can simply show they passed by displaying the green light that will appear on their mobile device screen or via an email sent directly to their inbox.
If patients miss the opportunity to take the screening before their appointments, UT Physicians will have posters in each of their clinic entrances with QR codes. Once scanned with their mobile device, they will be taken directly to the questionnaire to complete onsite.
For more information on how UT Physicians is protecting our patients during the pandemic, visit our coronavirus information center.