The Fetal Treatment Center's new online patient program, Inside, allows families and their local physicians to interact directly with the team at UCSF without leaving their home. Through Inside, patients can receive an evaluation of their problem. After receiving your evaluation, the team at UCSF can be available as a personal resource for the duration of the pregnancy.
Since you are an online patient our physicians will not be able to physically examine you. In order to help you, we will rely on your personal test results, sonograms, echocardiograms, or MRI images. This information from your healthcare providers, coupled with our 25 years experience in fetal diagnosis and management, will allow us to evaluate your fetal problem.
To become an online patient you must fill out our online patient application. The Fetal Treatment Center staff will review your application to see if you are eligible.
Online evaluations are currently not available for residents outside of the United States or for residents of LA, ND, NV, OR, SC or the territories of Guam or Puerto Rico due to telemedicine law restrictions.
If you are not a resident of the United States, please contact the UCSF International Medical Services.
If you reside in one of the restricted states, please contact us via email email@example.com or call our toll-free number 1-800-RX-FETUS. as we may be able to find another way to provide assistance.
Some diagnoses currently have no available fetal treatment options.
There are fewer treatment options later in the pregnancy.
If fetal treatment or diagnosis is not an option for any of the above reasons, we will inform you of this. In this eventuality, we can still evaluate your case and offer our expertise by informing you of your treatment options after birth.
Once you are accepted as an online patient, you will notified by email with a link to our Inside sign-in pages. In order for you to become a full online patient you must complete the following steps:
The fee for online evalutation is a flat $575. This low price covers your entire evaluation and your personal profile site.
The evaluation fee must be paid during the sign up process. Due to the nature of this service, we cannot directly handle this fee through your insurance. You will however be given an invoice that can be sent to your health insurance provider or healthcare flexible spending account for possible reimbursement.
After you have completed the sign in process, you are now an online patient of the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center. You can log in into your personal patient profile, upload a photo of yourself, and use your secure Message Center to ask us any questions. The Message Center is also used for uploading medical imaging and medical report files.
We need to receive your signed Referring Physician Agreement form before we can sent you the results of our evaluation.
Our team of specialists will review your medical information and advise you if any additional tests are needed. Most additional tests can usually be handled by your doctor or a specialist in your area.
After completing your review we will provide both you and your doctor with a detailed diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Further involvement by the UCSF team depends on the results of the your diagnosis.
For some complex problems, we may recommend that you come to San Francisco for detailed monitoring and treatment. More often, the patient can continue to be monitored by their own physician or specialists closer to home.
Your Inside online patient profile will remain open for the duration of your pregnancy, and we are always happy to hear how our patients are doing. Also, if your condition changes, we can set up a new online evaluation to assess this fresh information.
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