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Tips for using Clocktree on an iPhone or iPad

Tips for using Clocktree on an iPhone or iPad

One of the benefits of Clocktree telehealth is that it’s portable! Providers and Clients can connect for a video appointment from just about anywhere using a mobile device. You can use Clocktree on both Android and iOS devices, but this blog post is specifically for iPhone and iPad users.

Use Safari Browser
There is no special software or app to download. Simply log into your Clocktree account via Safari browser, just like you would on a computer.

Add the Clocktree icon to your home screen
For quick access to your Clocktree account, you can add a Clocktree icon to your home screen.  Here are steps to do this:

  1. Visit Clocktree.com using Safari
  2. Click the “Share” icon at the bottom of your browser (see below left)
  3. Click the “Add to Home Screen” icon (see below right)
  4. Click “Add”

 

 


No 3-party video calls
One limitation when using an iPhone or iPad for Clocktree telehealth sessions is that it doesn’t accomodate video calls with more than 2 people. For family or group sessions, it’s best to use a computer if you need to see all parties. But for standard sessions between two people, it’s a great alternative.

Use WiFi when possible
It’s important to get the strongest internet signal possible for a high quality Clocktree video call. Typically this means connecting your iPhone/iPad via WiFi instead of the 4G or LTE data signal.

Technical tips for using Clocktree

Technical tips for using Clocktree

Clocktree telehealth is web based and should work on any modern computer or mobile device with a camera. Access Clocktree via browser, no matter what device you are using.  Preferred browsers are:

  • PC (Windows): Google Chrome
  • Android tablet or phone: Google Chrome
  • Mac (Desktop or laptop): Google Chrome or Safari
  • iPhone or iPad: Safari

In many cases, Clocktree will work on other browsers such as Edge or Firefox, however we recommend Chrome or Safari for the most reliable video and audio connection.

It’s also important that both ends of the video call have sufficient internet speed. You can test your internet speed at www.speedtest.net  This gives you three speed metrics for ping, download and upload. The upload speed is the most crucial for video conferencing and it should be above 5 Mbps for a good connection.

Some tips for maximizing your internet speed are:

  1. Connect your computer to the router via ethernet cable, as opposed to WiFi, if possible.
  2. If using WiFi, position yourself as close as possible to your router.
  3. Avoid streaming content from the internet on other devices connected to your network – you share bandwidth so let your Clocktree connection use all of it!
  4. Restart your computer right before your Clocktree session and don’t open other software or apps that might use internet or processing power in the background.

And finally, make sure your camera and microphone are functional and check your lighting and background prior to a video call.  To do this, log in to your Clocktree account and select Test Audio/Video.

As always, contact our Customer Care team at 302-990-8935 or support@clocktree.com if you need any help!

Teletherapy is closing the provider gap in rural North Dakota

Teletherapy is closing the provider gap in rural North Dakota

There is a nationwide shortage of mental health services, but this shortage is even more pronounced in rural states like North Dakota. In response to the shortage, the state has boosted telemedicine as an option for mental health care.

The ND human services agency has started allowing providers who serve patients through its health centers to live in some of the state’s bigger cities — or even move out of state — and deliver mental health care to rural areas through video calls.

Expanding telemedicine has given North Dakota a way to reach more patients — and convince more psychiatrists to practice in the state. It’s helped them reach more patients in rural areas and those who can’t travel far for mental health care, including the elderly.

“We’ve definitely seen a significant impact on that recruitment and retention,” said Dr. Laura Kroetsch, of the North Dakota human services department. There are 22 psychiatrists who provide telemedicine care through the department’s eight clinics. Another three psychiatrists live out of state and provide telemedicine to those health centers. In December 2018, the department’s psychiatrists provided nearly 500 telemedicine appointments — more than 150 of which were with psychiatrists who live out of state

The state is also trying to prepare the next generation of psychiatrists to provide telemedicine to underserved areas. Once a week, psychiatry residents training at the University of North Dakota treat rural residents across the state by video chat.

Read the article “North Dakota doesn’t have enough psychiatrists. Telemedicine is helping to fix that” on Stat.com to learn more about North Dakota’s plan to expand telemedicine for mental health services.

Clocktree featured in recent Geekwire article

Clocktree featured in recent Geekwire article

Read about Clocktree on Geekwire.   https://www.geekwire.com/2019/led-microsoft-vets-intelius-co-founder-clocktree-rolls-telehealth-platform-healthcare-counseling/

Seattle-area startup Clocktree offers a service for patients to find and receive therapy from mental health, relationship, addiction and nutrition counselors. Providers can connect through video and messaging with their patients, and the platform also gives counselors a HIPAA-compliant place to store notes, videos and documents. Read more…