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Physical therapy has brought relief to millions of patients of all ages, helping them overcome problems and deliver sustained recovery. However, while physical therapy treatment in a controlled environment ensures that exercises and movement are carried out correctly, every patient also needs to undertake a more proactive role and repeat the exercises regularly at home.
Here, away from the professional guidance, it can be challenging to maintain the correct approach, but there is an answer.
Physical Therapy Apps
Many Apps are available for mobile devices that offer guidance on exercises and provide clear images and other media to help patients maintain the correct approach when performing the exercise program at home.
To name two of them - Physioadvisor and Physical Therapy for Kids, which offer unique experiences tailored to meet their target userbase.
Physioadvisor is a comprehensive App available for both iOS and Android devices, and it features over 500 exercises and 800 images to help patients perform each one correctly. Exercises have been chosen based on the benefit they can provide and how often therapists prescribe them.
The Physioadvisor App allows your medical professional to integrate a specific rehabilitation program or particular exercises into your practice routine. This makes it easy for patients to maintain an effective therapy mode at home.
As the name suggests, this iOS-only App is aimed at younger patients and includes 56 exercises, all specifically developed for those between the ages of 3 and 12. It offers a colorful, more fun experience designed to engage the younger ones, with hand-drawn images and animations, along with both written and spoken dialogue to help the child carry out the exercises.
These two apps show how technology can improve at-home care and are valuable in improving patients' health outcomes.
- Telehealth Academy
Currently, telemedicine is used in many different medical fields, throughout ambulatory and hospital settings. However, medical video consultations differ profoundly from face-to-face meetings and require adjustments in examination routine, equipment, setting, self-awareness, and communication between patients and healthcare providers.
Only a tiny part of the surroundings is visible, and some even think they don't even need to be fully dressed! In reality, the first and most important rule of the medical video consultations is, "Do not do anything you would not do in a face-to-face meeting with the patient."
Video calls can actually demand more preparations than meetings in person.
Whereas the practice setting has been thought through for face-to-face consultations and unhampered workflow, video consultations are new to many health care professionals. There are several key points to take into consideration.
- Don't do anything you won't do in face-to-face meetings
- Wear professional attire
- Consider camera-friendly colors, no sharply contrasting cloths, no stripes
- Avoid reflective materials and be aware of glare with eyeglasses
- Be aware of what is in your background and avoid doors behind you
- Avoid glossy surfaces, rocking chairs, and other visual distractions
- Think of the right equipment for your setting (camera, speakers, microphone, headphones)
- Avoid audio distractions - noisy environments, curious cats or dogs, doorbells, assistants coming into the consultation room
- Avoid the camera being too high or too low
- Run a test with your friends or colleagues
- Telehealth Academy
While the use of telemedicine in the U.S. had been limited to certain groups before COVID-19, like patients with no transportation means or busy individuals with limited time, interest in and implementation of telemedicine has expanded rapidly during the crisis.
Since hospitals and medical practices were considered high-risk areas due to the higher probability of catching COVID-19, policymakers, insurers, health systems, health care providers have looked for ways to deliver health care to patients in their homes.
With the growing demand for telemedicine, several changes have been made to telehealth policy, coverage, and implementation, to make telemedicine more widely accessible during the pandemic. This means there is a need for a comprehensive framework that allows a professional to triage and to determine which patients need face-to-face consultations and which can be seen online.
Health care providers are called upon to help individuals make crucial health care decisions and determine when and where to seek urgent or routine medical attention.