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On-Demand Video Visits FAQs

Video visits provide a quick, immediate way for you to connect with with a health care provider for an online doctor’s visit when you need care for common conditions. During a video visit, you’ll talk to a provider via video chat, receive a diagnosis on the call and get a treatment plan. If you need prescriptions, they’ll be sent directly to your pharmacy.

How on-demand video visits work

  1. Log in to MyChart or register for a MyChart account on your browser or in the My Rush app. For the best possible experience, we recommend using the My Rush mobile app.
  2. Select On-Demand Video Visits from the virtual care menu.
  3. Enter information about your condition and complete the check-in process.
  4. Within 20 minutes, you’ll be notified that a provider is ready to connect. 
  5. Join the video chat on your smartphone or tablet with the My Rush app or on your desktop computer with MyChart.

Video visits are available to patients 18 years and older, whether or not they have seen a Rush provider in the past. Video visits cost $49 and are not billed to insurance.

For more information, take a look through the questions below.

What should I do if I can't connect to my visit? 

If you're having trouble connecting to your video visit, try the following simple troubleshooting strategies: 

  • If you're using your browser, try connecting on the My Rush app on your phone instead. Using the app ensures the best possible experience with video visits. 
  • Make sure you're connected to secure WiFi with a strong signal. 
  • Verify that your app, phone and/or browser are all updated to the most recent version. 

If you're still having trouble, you can contact us at (312) 563-6600 or email us at virtualcare@rush.edu.

How should I prepare for my visit?

The following are some tips to help you prepare for your visit:

  • Install the My Rush app on your phone or update to the latest version. Enable push notifications so we can let you know when your provider is ready to connect.
  • Find a quiet, private place with enough light and a strong WiFi signal. Consider using a headset for the best sound quality.
  • Charge your device so you have enough battery for the visit.
  • If you’re on a desktop, update your browser and plug-ins.

What conditions can be treated via video visit?

Video visits are available for the following conditions:

• Acid reflux • Cold/flu* • Cough*
• Constipation • Diarrhea* • Fever
• Insect bites/stings • Minor burns • Minor injuries
• Painful urination* • Red eye • Seasonal allergies
• Sinus problems* • Sore throat • STD counselling
• Wound check    

If you need treatment for a condition other than these, you can make an appointment or visit one of Rush’s walk-in care locations.

*E-Visits available.

Virtual visits are not for emergencies. If you have an urgent medical need, call 911 — or visit your nearest emergency department or urgent care facility.

Who can use video visits?

Anyone 18 or older can use video visits, even if they’ve never been to Rush. You must have a MyChart account to complete a virtual visit, but you can register for a MyChart account at any time.

How much do video visits cost?

Video visits cost $49. You may pay with a credit or debit card, or with a health savings account. Rush does not bill insurance for video visits.

When are video visits available?

Video visits are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. 

What are the technical requirements for a video visit?

To complete a video visit, you will need a smartphone or tablet, the My Rush mobile app and a MyChart account. The app is available for free in the App Store and on Google Play. You should complete your video visit over secure WiFi with a strong signal. If your software and plug-ins are up to date, you may also complete video visits on your desktop computer but we recommend the My Rush app for the best experience. If you need help troubleshooting your video visit connection, try the steps described, contact us at (312) 563-6600 or email us at virtualvisits@rush.edu.

Will I be treated by my regular primary care provider?

You’ll be treated by the Rush provider who is available at the moment you need care. Your regular primary care provider will have access to your diagnosis and treatment plan in your medical record.

What happens if I can’t receive treatment through a video visit?

Depending on the nature of your condition, you may be advised to seek in-person care. Your live provider may suggest a certain type of care and let you know where to make an appointment. If for some reason you cannot receive treatment, you will still be charged for your visit.

Can I get a prescription through video visits at Rush?

Yes. Your provider can prescribe medications if you need them and send the online prescriptions directly to the pharmacy of your choice.

Are video visits secure?

We take great care to ensure your health information is kept private and secure. Access to information is controlled through secure activation codes, personal usernames and passwords. You control your own password, and your account cannot be accessed without that password. Further, MyChart uses the latest 128-bit SSL encryption technology to automatically encrypt your session with MyChart.