Wondering what telemedicine is and when to use it? You’re not alone.
One of the challenges many people are encountering right now is how to meet with their doctors for a non-emergency medical condition or illness. Telemedicine, or a virtual visits, is the remote diagnosis and treatment of a patient through communication technology such as video conferencing or a phone call.
For many people, virtual visits are a convenient way to see their doctors from the safety and comfort of their home. They can also be used to advise patients who are presenting with COVID-19 symptoms whether or not they need to go to a hospital.
Join Dr. Patricia Calayag, deputy medical director of Westmed Medical Group, when she joins Amy Allen, vice president of the Westchester County Association, to chat about telemedicine.
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Dr. Patricia Calayag is Deputy Medical Director at Westmed Medical Group. In this position she leads clinical strategy for Westmed, including oversight of surgical specialties and the women’s health department. Dr. Calayag is also instrumental in the development and maintenance of Westmed’s wellness program, which aims to inspire patients to focus on a preventive healthcare approach and empowers our community to adopt lifelong healthy habits
Since appointed Deputy Medical Director, Dr. Calayag managed the implementation of Westmed’s patient experience initiative. Recently, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Calayag also spearheaded the cross departmental expansion of Westmed’s telehealth offering, which now includes virtual access to all of Westmed’s departments and specialties encompassing more than 300 providers.
Dr. Calayag’s scope of medical practice includes general obstetrics and gynecology, both high- and low-risk pregnancies with special interest in fertility, laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery.
She has been in private practice since 1995 in Westchester and the Bronx, and joined Westmed Medical Group in June 2008. She is affiliated with Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut where she is Chair of the Department of ObGyn.
Dr. Calayag attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut for undergraduate studies and graduated with university honors. She earned her medical degree from SUNY- Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York. She then completed her residency training at Harvard University School of Medicine’s Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA, where she was also a clinical teaching fellow for Harvard medical school.