Is Telehealth Better than In-Person Wellness Care?
As technological advancements continue to alter and improve the types of personal wellness care we can offer and receive, the way that we interact with practitioners has also undergone radical and beneficial changes.
Using breakthroughs in telehealth technology, such as the ZYTO Remote App, practitioners now have the ability to gather key personal data and interact with you as if you were there with them.
In other words, you can essentially get the same level of service and care without meeting with a practitioner in person. The benefits of this technology for both you and your practitioner are manifold. Here are just a few of them!
Distance is no longer an issue
One of the biggest disadvantages in personal wellness care is the lack of practitioners and services in many rural areas. This fact represents a large population that is not receiving the benefits of diverse healthcare options and an untapped market for practitioners.1 Furthermore, regardless of where we live, there are always people in other places that would benefit from specialized wellness services.
With telehealth technology, a practitioner can virtually provide services to help any client, anywhere, and at any time. So there’s no more worrying about having to take a day off to see a practitioner or trying to work out scheduling conflicts. Similarly, practitioners are now able to meet with clients that they would otherwise refer out to other practitioners in their area.
Telehealth saves time and money
Even for clients who don’t live a great distance away, having an appointment with a wellness practitioner represents an investment in time and money. In addition to many clients needing to take time off work, other sometimes-unconsidered costs include potential payments for childcare and transportation, not to mention the time involved.
All of these problems are effectively eliminated using remote telehealth services. It’s simply so much easier for a practitioner to meet with you if you don’t need to travel to them.
Additionally, seeing clients remotely allows practitioners the opportunity to help even more clients and to do so more quickly. This improves the overall effectiveness of their practice which may also lead to lower costs for you over time.
Risk of getting sick greatly reduced
We’ve all been there—sitting in a waiting room with a sick loved one and panicking about the coughing person that just sat down next to us. Common illnesses such as the cold and flu are highly contagious and often spread like wildfire in public areas such as schools, offices, and waiting rooms (where there tends to be a higher proportion of ill people).
With telehealth technology, not only do you save time by not counting down the seconds impatiently waiting, but you also avoid the all-too-high risk of catching something else while waiting in an office. Additionally, your practitioner also benefits from a reduced risk because they’re interacting with a client that can’t get them sick.
Perhaps paradoxically, clients in telehealth visits often report feeling more engaged and better connected to their practitioner. This phenomenon is perhaps due to the focus required by all participants during remote wellness appointments. Also, screen-sharing and high-quality video feeds tend to lead to an increase in engagement. Clients pay better attention and feel as though doctors are simply more focused on their individual needs.2
Overcome barriers to wellness care
Telehealth technology clearly provides a level of convenience and improved wellness care that allows both clients and practitioners to easily overcome barriers that they couldn’t possibly overcome before. These are just some of the many benefits we’ve heard about from users of the ZYTO Remote feature.
1. Belokrinitsky, D., Goyal, D., Krishnamony, S., & S. Kutty. “Virtual health: Engaging operational, clinical, and technology levers.” strategy&. Strategyand.pwc.com.
2. Comstock, Jonah. “Five reasons virtual doctor visits might be better than in-person ones.” mobi health news. Mobihealthnews.com.