Making Virtual Appointments for Primary Care, Specialty Care, Urgent Care
Scheduling a Virtual Primary Care or Specialty Care Visit With an Existing Provider
If you have a medical need, call your doctor’s office or use Duke MyChart to send a message using the “Ask a Question” link. Your doctor will assess your medical concern to determine if your care and treatment can be managed on the phone or via video, or if an in-person visit is necessary. If you require an in-person visit, you can learn more about the precautions we’ve taken to make our clinics and hospital safe.
You Need a Duke MyChart Account
For a virtual visit, you and/or your child will need a Duke MyChart account. If you don’t have one, please call us at 919-620-4555 or 800-782-6945 to receive an activation code. Our phone lines are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. You can also sign up by visiting this page.
How to Use the Ask a Question link in Duke MyChart:
- Select the Message Your Provider/Care Team link.
- Indicate which provider you’d like to contact.
- Select Scheduling Question.
- Enter your request for a telehealth visit.
Changing Existing Appointments to Virtual Visits
The same steps can be used to request a change from a previously scheduled appointment. Simply call your provider or send a message in MyChart requesting a change to your appointment. The provider or clinic staff will determine whether a video, telephone, or in-person visit is more appropriate.
If You Need a Doctor
If you have a medical issue but need to be seen by a new doctor, please call 855-855-6484. We will help you make an appointment with the right provider and assess if a virtual or in-person visit is best to meet your health care needs.
Scheduling an Urgent Care Visit
If you have a non-life-threatening medical need, you can schedule an urgent care video visit through Duke Health Anywhere. This online-only platform connects you with an on-call provider from any mobile device or computer with a webcam. You’ll pick from a team of providers with an average of 15 years of experience. They can also send a prescription to your preferred pharmacy.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are same-day virtual visits available?
Same-day virtual visits are temporarily suspended to ensure necessary screening during the COVID-19 pandemic. Use Duke Health Anywhere if you have an urgent, non-life-threatening medical need. Call 911 if you need emergency care.
Can I choose whether I want to schedule a video or telephone visit?
Your provider or clinic staff will determine which type of visit is appropriate for your medical care after performing an initial screening of your medical needs.
Can I schedule a visit online on dukehealth.org?
The ability for new patients to schedule appointments online on dukehealth.org has been temporarily suspended. You can schedule appointments with your existing Duke providers through Duke MyChart. We will reintroduce this functionality as soon as it is safe for our patients, staff, and the community.
What platform does Duke Health use?
For virtual primary and specialist care, Duke Health uses the Extended Care platform through MyChart. This ensures secure communications between you and your provider and protects confidential patient and health system information. You cannot use Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype. Instructions for preparing for your upcoming video visit are available here.
For virtual on-demand urgent care, Duke Health uses Duke Health Anywhere to connect you with an on-call provider from any mobile device or computer with a webcam.
Are telehealth visits covered by health insurance?
Scheduled telehealth visits are typically covered by health insurance plans. As with all Duke Health appointments, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company before scheduling your appointment to verify that the Duke Health location and/or provider is included in your network. You can view a list of Duke Health accepted insurance plans here. Your insurance company will also inform you of any co-payments, co-insurances, or deductibles you will be responsible for.
If you schedule an appointment and your health insurance program does not participate with Duke, your out-of-pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.
Duke Health Anywhere does not accept insurance. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke Health Anywhere visits are being offered at a special $20 price until further notice. Payment can be made with a credit or debit card at the time of the online visit.