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The Emerging Benefits of Telehealth

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These days, most of us are glued to screens – be it TV, phones or computers -- it seems we're always looking at something. If you think about it, when was the last time you went anywhere without your phone? The health and wellness field has begun adapting to this trend and options for communicating with healthcare providers from the comfort of your home or office is becoming more and more popular. Telehealth uses technology to provide greater access to healthcare by transferring healthcare through the internet and communicating virtually through phones and computers. You can access many types of healthcare professionals via telehealth including psychologists, registered dietitians, nurses, and even physical therapists. Below are some of the benefits of telehealth.

Increased Access. One of the biggest frustrations of receiving healthcare is getting to the office. With telehealth, people that live in rural settings or have busy schedules can access care easily through this virtual system. No lines, traffic or increased risk of getting a communicable infection. With easier access to care, individuals may be more likely to seek treatment. This increased access also makes it easier for companies to connect their employees to corporate wellness programs that offer telehealth services.

Better Availability. Telehealth allows practitioners to work outside traditional office hours and, therefore, clients can schedule appointments before or after work or on weekends.

Convenience. Being able to stay in your home or office to complete a healthcare appointment provides a level of comfort that can allow you to focus all of your attention on the appointment, rather than feel frazzled or rushed.

It’s important to keep in mind that not all treatments can be provided virtually, and as we know, technology is not perfect. There is always the chance that connection issues will prevent someone from being able to make it to the appointment. Also, insurance coverage can be an issue, so it’s important to check before switching to a telehealth-based practice.

Even with telehealth’s drawbacks, this form of virtual healthcare is on the rise. The integration and use of technology to support a stronger healthcare system is spreading. If interested, talk to your doctor to find out more about the programs and resources they offer. To learn more about incorporating telehealth into your corporate wellness program visit Wellness Workdays.

Written by Brianna Ballard, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern.


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