If there was a highly memorable takeaway from the recent COVID-19 pandemic with regards to Allied Healthcare service, it’s that technology can be very beneficial especially when it comes to ensuring continuity of care. Telehealth has been around in Australia for some time, with the Australian government funding initiatives as early as 2006 with the inception of Teleweb, a telephone counselling, self-help, and web-based support program.
The pandemic accelerated the uptake of the service in 2020 when the spread of COVID-19 led to quarantines and lockdowns. The increased use of telehealth services allowed people to access health services while avoiding face-to-face appointments that may contribute to the further transmission of the virus.
A post-pandemic audit shows that 91% of clinicians offered Exercise Physiology services via telehealth compared to a previous statistic of just 25%. This proved to be such a success that there were clamors to retain the gains of what is termed the “new normal,” even after the pandemic has passed.
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth can be defined as the distribution and delivery of healthcare and health-related services digitally through the use of remote telecommunication technology. The technologies involved may include phone calls, video calls, or in-app support. These can be accessed through devices such as desktop computers for home use and laptops, smartphones, and tablets for mobile usage.
The term Telehealth is sometimes used interchangeably with other names such as Telecare or Telemedicine, and essentially means the same thing.
Why is Telehealth important?
Telehealth is an important tool in healthcare as it allows more people to gain access to health services as well as important health-related information even from a distant, remote location, or without the benefit of an in-person visit.
Telehealth offers a myriad of service options ranging from virtual visits by a health expert to health monitoring, from providing instant access to personal health history information to health apps that can aid in ensuring a patient’s adherence to exercise treatment programs.
Exercise Physiology, an Allied Healthcare service that uses exercise interventions to help address complex and chronic conditions, is traditionally rendered through in-person, face-to-face visits. However, the rapid adaptation and transition to Telehealth in the past three years suggest that patient and participant-reported outcomes did not change significantly with the new delivery mode.
Telehealth is especially useful for delivering Exercise Physiology services such as providing advice and information on exercise, training programs, and guidance on correct exercise execution, among many other advantages.
What are the benefits of Telehealth?
For the delivery of Exercise Physiology services, Telehealth can be a truly relevant and useful tool for a lot of important reasons:
- Increased accessibility – Lets more people gain access to Exercise Physiology services from the comfort of their homes, even from rural or distant areas.
- Convenience – Telehealth does away with the need for travel and eliminates transport costs associated with in-person visits. This convenience can also translate to a patient’s increased adherence to exercise and treatment programs, a vital criterion in ensuring optimal outcomes.
- Cost-effectiveness – Offers both patients and Providers a win-win solution: patients can save on transport costs while providers finally have a cost-effective solution to rendering services without the need for traveling or renting out big clinic spaces.
- Inclusive and accommodating – Telehealth allows people with barriers to in-clinic visits such as chronic conditions, mobility challenges, disabilities, and financial or time constraints to access the health services they need from where they live.
- Increased customisation and personalisation – Your Exercise Physiologist can conduct an individualised assessment, design a treatment program, and provide feedback and monitoring, through the use of virtual consultations.
- Close monitoring – Telehealth platforms can allow monitoring by health experts as well as the provision of health advice and feedback remotely.
- Continuity of care – In the event of disruptions like family events or emergencies such as disasters, calamities, and disease outbreaks, people can still continue with their exercise and treatment programs to ensure more optimal outcomes.
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Healthstin’s exclusive health app, MyHealthPal, is an excellent example of a truly useful telehealth app for Australia-based users. Specially developed by Healthstin, MyHealthPal is an innovative online platform, health resource, and home workout guide in one convenient, easy-to-use app.
MyHealthPal offers you immediate access to useful health information and Allied Health Services anytime and anywhere with just a few keystrokes. There’s no need to spend on travel and transportation just to get to the clinic or an exercise facility.
Moreover, it also offers a wealth of narrated and easy-to-follow training videos – over 15,000 of them — to help you find the one that suits your condition and goals. The videos also provide expert guidance on proper form so you can exercise safely at home and get optimal results.
Don’t miss out on the many benefits and advantages of Telehealth through MyHealthPal by downloading the app now.