Who would have thought that 2020 would turn out like it did? All the things we take for granted disappeared thanks to a Coronavirus, with global lockdowns and businesses closing due to inactivity. While we have always used the Internet, the arrival of the pandemic forced people to make good use of digital solutions and the healthcare sector has picked up the ball by offering virtual healthcare services, which use VoIP technology and an application such as Zoom or Skype.
Virtual Doctor Consultation
The majority of the time, the medical professional is able to diagnose using the audio-video connection with the patient and if you are feeling unwell, search for a local GP that offers virtual appointments. You can book your slot through the online calendar and fill in the information fields provided to prepare the doctor for the virtual appointment. Even during the pandemic, white glove logistics companies like Rhenus High Tech are still installing medical equipment and they play a role in enabling equipment to be used in a virtual way.
Eliminate Human Contact
As our governments keep telling us, avoiding human contact is the way to defeat Covid-19 and when you see a doctor in a virtual sense, the medical professional can diagnose the issue from a remote location. Of course, in some cases the doctor requires the patient to come to the clinic and have a regular examination, but most of the time, the doctor can prescribe medication after a virtual examination.
There are circumstances when a full-time carer is not required, yet using virtual communication, a remote caregiver can establish that all is well and is able to advise the patient accordingly. A weekly call is all that is required for the elderly person who is mainly independent, just to check that all is well and should the person require care, they can communicate with the caregiver. Click here for further reading on upgrading medical facilities.
Mental Health Counselling
This is another medical service that can be given virtually, indeed, many people who are suffering with anxiety during the pandemic actually have daily virtual discussions with a remotely located counsellor. Sometimes, all we need is someone to talk to and the remotely located counsellor is happy to help you deal with stressful situations and when you realise that you are not alone, this is uplifting.
Online Fitness & Yoga Classes
If your local gym is forced to close temporarily, they will likely offer virtual classes, where you interact with the instructor via Zoom, plus, you can interact with the other students, just as you would if you were in the same room. This is also a way to obtain social interaction, which we all need, especially during the lockdown.
These are just a few of the ways that we are using technology to provide healthcare and hopefully, 2021 will see a return to some form of normality and we can freely travel and never have to wear a mask again!