Essentia Health expands to video appointments amid COVID-19 pandemic

Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center

Essentia Health has fast-tracked virtual visit technology due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patients can now schedule a virtual visit, which is a video appointment that occurs directly between a provider and a patient. The patient can do the visit from the comfort of their home and utilize their own technology such as a computer, tablet or smartphone.

This virtual visit model of providing care is being used for many primary care and specialty visits at Essentia Health.

Patients can call their regular clinic’s appointment line to schedule a virtual visit or schedule through the MyHealth website or the MyChart app, which they will use to log in at the scheduled appointment time to talk to and see their health care provider.

Virtual visits are covered the same way an in-person visit is through most insurances.


“Given our current crisis, we have an opportunity to provide excellent and safe patient care in a different way,” Dr. Sarah Manney of Essential Health stated in a news release.

For the virtual visit, patients will need to have a MyHealth account (sign up at and Zoom, which can be downloaded as an app or at the website.

Learn more about virtual visits at .

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