Have a stuffy nose and that familiar tickle in your throat, but can’t decide if it is seasonal allergies or a cold? Get checked out where it’s most convenient for you – at home, in the office or on the go with MedStar eVisit.
What are the benefits of eVisit?
- 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year video access to trusted medical providers for patients of all ages
- Connect from your tablet, smartphone, or computer for non-emergency medical conditions
- No appointments are necessary
- MedStar eVisit consultations are $49 (or less) per visit and insurance is not required.* ALERT: To manage the threat of COVID-19 and as a service to our community, we are temporarily waiving the fee for our MedStar eVisit service. Please note, if you are a first-time MedStar eVisit user you will be asked to enter your insurance information when you register. However, your insurance will not be charged and you will not incur a self-pay charge.
*Insurance is not required, but some insurance plans cover MedStar eVisit. Contact your insurance provider to determine whether your visit will be covered.
MedStar eVisit: 3 Easy Steps
MedStar eVisit offers anytime access to medical care providers for patients of all ages. No appointments necessary.
Speak with a board-certified healthcare provider within minutes.
How to Connect to MedStar eVisit
Conditions We Treat
MedStar eVisit providers treat many of the same conditions that you would seek care for at a MedStar Health Urgent Care Center. Log in to MedStar eVisit if you are experiencing any of the following:
MedStar eVisit should not be used if you are experiencing severe flu symptoms and require an in-person evaluation. These symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting
- And/or flu-like symptoms that improve then worsen again
Is MedStar eVisit Right For Your Condition?
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency department.
Not able to see your MedStar Health provider in person? No problem! MedStar Health Video Visits now offers scheduled online appointments for primary care, specialty care, and other services. Click here to learn more.
"It was fast, easy, and the visit was from the comfort of my own home. It doesn't get any better!"
"This service saved me so much time...
I was able to get my daughter's health concerns addressed without having to leave the house or mess up nap time!"
"The doctor I saw took her time to understand my condition and provided a thoughtful diagnosis. The care I received was equally as good as any care at an in-person visit. I will definitely use MedStar eVisit again, and I will recommend it to my friends and family."
To protect and care for our patients better, MedStar Health is embracing Antibiotic Stewardship, a program that promotes appropriate use of antibiotics, reducing resistance, and decreasing the spread of infections caused by drug-resistant organisms, as well as reducing unnecessary costs.
Help us by being an Antibiotic Steward too. You can do this by remembering not all illnesses require an antibiotic prescription. Your provider will consult with you and determine the best care plan to get you better, quicker.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is MedStar eVisit?
A: MedStar eVisit is a faster, easier way to see a medical provider for your basic express care needs. The service is a virtual/video visit with a medical provider offering consultation, diagnosis, treatment, and even prescriptions (when appropriate). MedStar eVisit is available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and we welcome patients of all ages. You can access services via a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Through MedStar eVisit, even as a first-time patient, you have immediate access to medical care providers without an appointment.
Q: What conditions can MedStar eVisit providers treat?
A: MedStar eVisit providers commonly treat patients with colds, flu-like symptoms, fever, rash, stomach ache, sinusitis, pink eye, ear infection, and migraines. Not all medical conditions can be treated through MedStar eVisit. In the event of an emergency or if you need care immediately, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency department. In some cases, a MedStar eVisit provider may refer you to a primary care physician or a specialist for care.
Q: How do I sign up in MedStar eVisit?
A: Signing up is free and required to receive services. You are encouraged to sign up in the MedStar eVisit service today, so whenever, wherever you need express care, the service will be ready to use. To sign up in MedStar eVisit:
Complete the steps within the mobile app and/or web.
Q: What information is required for signing up?
A: When signing up, you will be asked for the following information:
- Full name
- Email address
- Home address
- Date of birth to verify you are over 18 years of age
- Insurance card (if you are insured)
Q: Do I need my insurance card to sign up?
A: You don't need an insurance card to sign up. However, if you are insured through MedStar Health, you will need your insurance card to confirm your insurance carrier/plan and member ID.
Q: How do I sign up my dependents?
A: Dependents over the age of 18 need to sign up with their own unique account. If you have a dependent under the age of 18, the parent or guardian can add the dependent to their account. Patients under the age of 18 need parent or guardian approval.
Q: Does it cost anything to download the MedStar eVisit mobile app to my smartphone?
A: No. The download of the MedStar eVisit mobile app is free. When using your cellular connection, standard data rates apply.
Q: What devices can I use to access MedStar eVisit?
A: MedStar eVisit supports the recent versions of most browsers, as well as access to apps for iOS and Android devices.
Q: How much space does the mobile app take up on my phone?
A: The downloaded MedStar eVisit app takes approximately 55MB. That is about the same size as the Twitter app.
Q: What software/hardware is required to access MedStar eVisit on my computer?
A: To access MedStar eVisit via the web, you will need a computer, internet access, webcam, microphone, and speakers. The service will ask for a phone number to call you in case you get disconnected during the visit. The service will prompt you to conduct an equipment test to ensure your device will support a visit. If the service prompts for any software updates (especially for video capabilities), please accept/download the updates so you may access medical care through MedStar eVisit.
There are also minimum system requirements necessary to properly conduct a video visit. An important part of a successful video visit is a strong connection and/or strong signal. If the system detects a weak signal, it may prompt you to switch to an alternate connection to successfully conduct a visit. This may mean switching to a WiFi connection if your cell coverage is not strong.
Q: What if during the equipment test, it is discovered that I do not have the correct equipment to support MedStar eVisit? Can I conduct my visit over the phone?
A: If it is determined that you do not have the correct equipment to support a MedStar eVisit, you are encouraged to visit an urgent care center, such as MedStar Health Urgent Care, for services. Unfortunately, due to increased regulations in telemedicine, visits over the phone are currently not an option.
Q: Who can I contact for technical support?
Q: When is MedStar eVisit available?
A: MedStar eVisit is available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Q: What is the average visit wait time?
A:The average waiting room time is three to five minutes. When logged in, you can view the wait time of each available provider. If the wait time is too long, or another provider is available sooner, you have the option to switch.
Q: What is the average visit time?
A: The average visit time is 10 minutes.
Q: Do I need an appointment?
A: No. Through MedStar eVisit, even as a first-time patient, you have immediate access to providers without an appointment.
Q: Will the provider have access to my electronic health record?
A: If you are a previous MedStar eVisit patient, a summary of your previous visit(s) will be accessible to the provider. Before seeing a provider, you will be able to communicate the reason for your visit.
Q: Will I have to visit a physical location after my MedStar eVisit?
A: If your illness is appropriate for MedStar eVisit (cold, flu-like symptoms, fever, rash, stomach ache, etc.), most patients can be treated quickly and virtually. If your condition is severe or you require a specialist, the provider will make a recommendation to seek additional care. In the event of an emergency or if you need care immediately, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency department.
Q: Who will be providing the healthcare services for MedStar eVisit?
A: To bring you online care where and when you need it, we have MedStar Health providers, as well as Amwell providers available for you to choose. All of our providers are licensed and board-certified in family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, or pediatrics. They are certified and credentialed according to National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) standards.
Q: How do I decide what provider to use for my visit?
A: You can select a provider based on a variety of criteria, including provider profiles, your “favorite” list, or the provider wait time.
Q: What if I select a provider and the wait is too long?
A: The average waiting room time is three to five minutes. When logged in, you can view the wait time of each available provider. If a wait time is getting to be too long, or another provider is available sooner, you have the option to switch. You will only be charged if a visit is completed by a provider.
Q: Can I see the same provider each visit?
A: Yes. If the provider is available at the time of your visit, you can see the same provider. You can select “favorite” providers so that it is easy to locate him/her for future visits.
Q: Can I follow up with my provider after my visit?
A: Yes. If you have questions following your visit, you can follow up with your provider via a secure messaging tool within MedStar eVisit.
Q: What if I need a prescription?
A: Providers can prescribe medications, when appropriate. All prescriptions are sent electronically to a pharmacy of your choice. You are asked to select a pharmacy when logging in for each visit.
Q: Can I use a MedStar Pharmacy?
A: Yes. You have access to MedStar Pharmacies when using MedStar eVisit.
Q: How are the prescriptions sent to the pharmacy?
A: All MedStar eVisit prescriptions are electronic and completed during the visit.
Q: What prescriptions will MedStar eVisit providers prescribe?
A: MedStar eVisit providers will prescribe medications for the common cold, flu, and illnesses. The service will not provide prescriptions for controlled substances, such as narcotic pain medications.
Q: What is the cost of a MedStar eVisit?
A: The cost of an eVisit is $49 (often less than the copay for an urgent care or emergency room visit). This fee is payable at the time of visit via credit card and does not include the cost of any medications, follow-up lab work or follow-up visits, if deemed applicable. Depending on your health insurance plan, you may be eligible for reimbursement. Check with your insurance provider to determine whether your visit will be covered and file your claim directly with them.
For MedStar Health associates, the cost of a MedStar eVisit is the same as a primary care copay: $0 for MedStar Select and $15 for CareFirst coverage through MedStar Health.
Q: When do I pay for my services?
A: At the start of the visit, you will be prompted to provide credit card information. You should provide the credit card that you would like to use to pay for the visit. At the conclusion of the visit, your card will be charged the appropriate amount based on your insurance. Primary care copays apply for the MedStar eVisit service.
Q: Can I pay with a flexible spending account?
A: Yes, you can pay with a flexible spending account, as long as the account is through an active credit card.
Q: What if the MedStar eVisit provider says I need an in-person visit?
A: If a patient is seen by a MedStar eVisit provider and it is determined that referral to another mode of care is required, any fees associated with the video visit will be waived.
Q: Who will have access to my visit summary following my visit?
A: After your MedStar eVisit, your visit summary will be loaded into your electronic health record, which can be viewed by any MedStar Health provider. In addition, your visit summary will appear in your online profile, and you can download, print or email it from there.
Q: What precautions are in place to protect my personal information?
A: For confidentiality, MedStar eVisit is managed by a third-party vendor, American Well. Additionally, all MedStar eVisits are protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). MedStar eVisits are encrypted and secure communications, protecting your health and personal information.