Telehealth for Asthma and Allergies

How can telehealth help me with my asthma and allergies?

We now offer easier access to health professionals using telehealth. A telehealth visit allows you to connect with a health coach or doctor using your phone or computer. The telehealth program is for Americans living with allergies, asthma, eczema and related conditions. 

Telehealth and health coaching go hand-in-hand. Telehealth coaching:

  • makes it more convenient for you to show up for appointments
  • provides tools for you to share important data on their lifestyle habits such as food intake, exercise, sleep and medication. 
  • enables healthcare professionals to easily refer you to an asthma or food allergy coach, dietitian or other support.
Elderly woman holding up medication to show her doctor that is online. They are in a telehealth appointment.

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Why offer a telehealth program for asthma and allergies? 

People with asthma and allergies often feel overwhelmed in dealing with their asthma and allergies. We also know that people need to have access to convenient, quality care wherever they are in the United States. For many people, though, that is not possible. 

Coaching and care coordination help improve a person’s well-being. However, specialists often lack the time, tools and training required to effectively coach people during their office visits. 

Studies show that adding tools such as telehealth with patient coaching can help specialists support better health outcomes for their patients and improve the patient’s  experience with the healthcare system. It also is an effective way for specialists to overcome time constraints, costs and people not following their doctors’ recommendations.

To find out the types of care you can receive through telehealth, how to prepare for an appointment, what to expect during a visit, and more download: Telehealth: What to Know for Your Family (PDF).

What telehealth services do you offer?

We offer the following telehealth services:

    Asthma Coaches

    Our asthma coaches are certified asthma educators with additional licenses as respiratory therapists, pharmacists or registered nurses. These coaches follow the validated PRIDE program developed by the University of Michigan’s Center for Chronic Disease Management. 

    The PRIDE program helps people learn asthma self-management skills including:

    • proper inhaler technique 
    • how to deal with environmental triggers
    • how to keep asthma under control.
      Doctor sitting at his desk on a laptop. He's demonstrating how to use an asthma inhaler for a telehealth appointment

      The coaches use motivational interviewing and shared decision making to support behavior change for you and your family. 

      Motivational interviewing is a counseling style based on the following assumptions:<

      • Ambivalence about behavior change is normal and constitutes an important motivational obstacle
      • Ambivalence can be resolved by working with an individual’s intrinsic motivations and values.
      • The alliance between coach & client is a collaborative partnership to which  each brings important expertise.
      • An empathic, supportive, yet directive, counseling style provides conditions under which change can occur

      Schedule a Telehealth Visit with an Asthma Coach

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      Food Allergy Coaches

      Our food allergy coaches are licensed mental health professionals who have completed a 12-module training on navigating food allergies. 

      The training program addresses psychosocial issues including, but not limited to:

      • addressing anxiety and post-traumatic stress following anaphylaxis
      • food allergy bullying
      • age-appropriate discussions on feeling different or excluded
      • family differences in risk tolerance. 

      The coaches use adaptive coping and behavior management skills, as well as shared decision making to support you and your family.

      Schedule a Telehealth Visit with a  Food Allergy Coach

      Allergist Virtual Visits

      Have you ever wanted to just pick up your phone and see an allergy or asthma specialist to have a question answered or get a routine refill? Now you can!

      Board-certified allergists in our telehealth network are available to help. Visits are typically 15 minutes and can be scheduled easily on the platform. 

      If you do not have an allergist, this is a great place to find one. If you already have an established relationship with an allergist, you can encourage your provider to join. This platform provides convenience and greater access to specialty care.

      Woman holding a tissue to her nose during a telehealth online visit with her allergist

      Schedule a Telehealth Visit with an Allergist

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