As we move into 2021, we are all glad to see the back of the previous year, one that wreaked havoc across the world and in case you didn’t know, a new sector has emerged called telehealth, which provides healthcare in a virtual environment. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology enables the medical professional to have a clear audio and video consultation with the remotely located patient, indeed, the majority of Australian doctors now offer virtual consultations for their patients.
How Does Telehealth Work?
When a patient wishes to see their doctor, they have the option to book an online consultation and once booked, the clinic would contact you and help you to install the VoIP software, which would likely be Zoom, a free-to-use video call service. Once you have downloaded and installed the software, the clinic would send you an invitation to join the GP in a video call at the set time and clicking on that link will connect you with the medial professional and the consultation can begin. You are advised to pre-use Zoom, as this will allow you to become familiar with the many powerful features, such as file sharing and the use of an interactive whiteboard. Call some of your friends using the software and this will ensure you know what you are doing when you have your online consultation, and you should use Zoom to keep social contact with family and friends during the pandemic, at least until we get the all-clear from the Australian government.
In most cases, a medical professional is able to make an accurate diagnosis by talking to the patient and using the video feed to examine the affected area and this allows him or her to prescribe the right medication. The clinic records the session and sends it to you via email, so you can go over the consultation at your own pace, should the need arise. This eliminates human contact, thus protecting both you and the doctor from Covid infection and more and more people are now seeing their doctor remotely.
If you wish to consult with a physiotherapist in Rouse Hill, the service is available virtually, which means you don’t have to leave the safety of your own home. In much the same way as the doctor, the physio interacts with the patient via a Zoom call and when the specialist wishes to demonstrate a set of exercises, they can do so using the video connection, then watch as you carry out the same exercises, to ensure you are doing it correctly.
Mental Health Counselling
The number of people suffering from anxiety and depression has risen sharply, largely due to the pandemic and it is comforting to know there are qualified mental health counsellors offering their services in an online capacity. If you have lost your job and are feeling the pressure of the lockdown, talk to a professional mental health counsellor and things will improve. Perhaps 2 or 3 sessions a week would be all that is needed to de-stress you and even though the professional is remotely located, you can still form a relationship and receive the help that you need at such a difficult time.
Conditions that can be treated remotely include all of the following:
- Panic Attacks
- Drug Addiction
- Alcohol Abuse
- Eating Disorder
- Gambling Addiction
If you feel stressed and would like to talk to someone who is a qualified counsellor, search with Google and you will find organisations that offer online counselling and you can schedule an introductory session with the medical professional. It might be wise to do this several times per week and with the counsellor’s help, you can regain your self-esteem and deal with the pressures of life. Click here for tips when searching to register with a local GP.
Fitness, Yoga & Pilates
If you would like to enroll in a virtual fitness class, a Google search will help and it doesn’t matter where the fitness centre is located, as you are using the Internet to communicate. Without telehealth, many small businesses would have folded, yet many are able to offer their services in a virtual setting, which helps people with medical conditions and also helps to keep fit and healthy. Pilates is very popular and you can order the equipment from an online supplier who will deliver the items to your door and you can get started.
Telehealth plays a vital role in the battle against Covid-19 by empowering doctors and medical professionals to provide their services via the Internet Once the pandemic is finally behind us, you can expect to see the continued use of virtual health services, as we move into a new dimension of digital technology with the arrival of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).