The Benefits of Telehealth

Telehealth is getting attention right now, in large part thanks to a global pandemic. For months, the city of New York was essentially shut down, and only emergency medical visits were allowed. During that time, telehealth became a lifeline for patients who needed medical care but couldn’t go to a physical office. 

At Shift Wellness, located in the Union Square section of Manhattan, our team offers telehealth services, both to keep you safe during the pandemic and because we understand that, even without a pandemic, your life is busy, and sometimes a video conference with your healthcare professional is simply a better solution than an in-person appointment.

In this post we discuss some of the many benefits telehealth provides. 

1. Distance no longer matters

If you’re on a business trip, but you need to talk to your physical therapist about a pain that’s developed, you can. Video conferencing and modern technology make distance irrelevant. 

2. No commute necessary

Everyone has had the experience of trying to rush to make it to an appointment on time but finding themselves stuck in traffic. With telehealth appointments, you can talk to us from wherever you are, and you don’t need to worry about transportation across the city. 

3. Easier management of chronic conditions

If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, you know how difficult managing it can be. Telehealth offers a way to manage your disease successfully from the comfort of your home.  For example, regular check-ins with your provider via telehealth provide convenient opportunities to ask questions and get feedback on your efforts. 

4. Security

One of the early concerns regarding telemedicine was its potential lack of security. You don’t need to worry about that now. We use a platform that’s secure and confidential, and we follow all privacy and security regulations to protect your personal information.

5. Safety

Living in the time of COVID-19 has brought a new awareness of germs, transmission, and immune system vulnerabilities. If you’re immunocompromised, telehealth offers you a path to healthcare that’s safer than sitting in a waiting room. 

The times are changing

The days of having to take off of work, figure out how to get from where you are to where you need to be, sitting in a waiting room, and all the other inconveniences involved in seeing your healthcare professional are over. Modern technology allows for a better, time-saving approach. 

You can access telehealth with your computer, a mobile phone, or a tablet. Your appointment takes place where you happen to be, and you don’t have to worry about where you’re going to park. 

In-person visits are still available

Obviously, there are some healthcare services that can’t be delivered via our telehealth platform. For example, some chiropractic services require a hands-on approach. Or, your doctor may want blood work or other diagnostics. We can easily schedule you for an in-person visit. 

Options make life easier

Telehealth allows us to offer you options that make taking care of yourself easier. When you have the option of an in-person or telehealth appointment, you can choose what fits into your life better. 

If the idea of a telehealth visit appeals to you, and you’d like to learn more about how it can be a part of your individual healthcare plan, give us a call today at 212-604-1316, or send us a message online. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have. 

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