Mental health and its underlying causes have become an issue worldwide. More and more people are being diagnosed or have shown signs of anxiety and depression. Nowadays, you can even seek help via TeleHealth or Telemedicine if one is unable to go to a psychologist or therapist. It works in some countries via video-conferencing tools and doctors are able to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients remotely.
There are thousands of websites which tackle the disease and the more information is out there, the better help or advice a person who suffers can get. But, of course, researching or just reading will not suffice because eventually, one needs to consult with a professional especially if the problem persists.
You may read up on articles and advice about mental health on https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/ to start with. They have quite a good bunch of articles about depression and anxiety and the different therapy to help to treat the problems.
If you are curious about how to go on TeleHealth or Telemedicine, there are several types of communications. To determine which service you need, telemedicine is the remote clinical services and telehealth is the remote non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, in addition to clinical services.
It’s a two-way video conference between the patient and the healthcare provider. This type is the most popular amongst patients who do not want to go out of their house and commute to the doctor’s office.
Not real-time as patients and clinicians can just record their videos and forward it to the concerned.
Remote Patient Monitoring
Patient’s health data are recorded then sent to the doctors, providers or nurses for further monitoring. Especially works for seniors or those elderly who live in senior homes.
By using health-based software apps which can be accessed via smartphones and tablets, information and monitoring can be stored in a patient’s personal health records. From a diabetic’s sugar levels to required daily water intake, the lifestyle of the patient can be accessed.
These tools can greatly help both ways in determining the proper diagnosis and treatments as well as in monitoring and to improve the patients’ lifestyle behaviors and boost their overall health.
There is also the difference in cost because it would be much cheaper to use telehealth or telemedicine than an actual visit with your doctor as long as it will not involve doing lab tests and the likes. It has become popular with some health care providers too.
These virtual consultations are more convenient and cost-effective because you don’t have to travel to the clinic, saves time and gas also. But the real question is, is it for you? Would you be satisfied with just a video conference with your doc without the usual check up routine?
Perhaps if only for simple consultations or follow-up check ups, it will work for me. But, for instances like respiratory or heart problems, I might as well visit the doc personally because for sure, there will be lab tests requested and I can have it done immediate after the consult.
Telehealth or Telemedicine may work for those who need therapists or psychiatrists because it will just be initially discussions about mental health or marital problems. There might be some limitations but for sure not as much as requiring tons of lab tests for a physical disease.
Do some research and inquire with your doctor or health provider for more info, so that you can assess if this medium is what you really need.