Merging Technology And Healthcare
When the spread of COVID-19 began, many healthcare providers and centers began promoting the idea of telehealth services. But what does that really mean? Telehealth uses digital information and communication technologies in order to support patient care, administrative activities, and health education. Basically, it allows patients and providers to interact when they are physically separated.
The goals of telehealth are to reduce the cost of healthcare services and expand access to care. Theoretically, it can greatly benefit underserved populations and make healthcare more convenient for those limited in mobility, transportation, or time. Telehealth could also give greater access to medical specialists and allow for better communication between a team of doctors and a patient.
Because of the pandemic, many, if not all, of your regular appointments will likely suggest remote healthcare services rather than in person. This could be a phone call or video chat with your doctor, using your smartphone to log symptoms or medications, or using an online portal to view test results. Telehealth service are available through offerings like a patient portal with your regular provider, or through a third party.
Besides your regular provider, here are some UNH telehealth resources to explore:
- Health & Wellness: Health & Wellness has services for non-emergency medical appointments, wellness coaching, and substance use education and counseling. All you do is make an appointment online and use Zoom to meet with a professional.
- Psychological And Counseling Services: PACS offers counseling over the phone or via video call for UNH students. To schedule an appointment, call the office at 603-862-2090.
Telehealth offers many benefits to consumers, especially during a pandemic. Even though you are not able to meet in person, your physical and mental health are still important.