TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A local cardiologist is using a telemedicine process to see patients and stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Dr. Barry Bertolet is now meeting with some of his heart patients through Facetime or a phone call.
“Heart disease isn’t going on quarantine and it’s not taking an extended spring break, and so people are still going to have heart problems that we need to address," Bertolet said.
Through this process, patients are able to meet with their doctor from any place.
"We’ve talked to one man while he was building his deck, and we’ve talked to one lady while she was riding her bicycle, so a lot of people can go about daily activities, take a little time to get on the phone, and have a conversation with us," he said.
Although this option may be ideal for some, the clinic is still open for business as usual.
“If they want a face-to-face, we are still doing those visits here at the clinic, but for new and returned patients we are offering those virtual visits."
On Friday, Bertolet saw more than 30 patients and half of them were through the phone.