Protecting Patients and Providers
There have been many changes in the way that healthcare is conducted during this pandemic, in order to protect both the patient and the provider. Healthcare providers had to adjust the way they interact with and diagnose their patients; patients had to learn a new system to communicate with their healthcare providers. Tech apps have been valuable in minimizing the disruption to many as they navigate towards an evolving “new normal” amid the pandemic.
Accessing Support for Their Well-being
Even though the general population continues to social distance, consumers can use innovative apps to support their overall health. Examples include:
- For eye health, apps like Warby Parker’s can help one update eyeglass frames and prescription through features such as virtual try-on and free home try-on.
- For well-being, the Care/of app gives consumers a quiz to get personalized vitamins delivered to their door in convenient daily packs.
- The Sleep Cycle app analyzes the sleep process and wakes one up with gentle alarms to help consumers sleep more soundly and feel well-rested.
- The American Red Cross’ First Aid app provides instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations.
Using Telehealth to Access Health Care
From the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, many things have changed in the delivery of care, including telehealth’s critical role. Telehealth technology allows patients to access their healthcare provider from the location of their choice, reducing the risk of infection and transmission while bringing comfort to patients in need of care.
For example, SynziMD is helping patients access care on-demand, lower the risk of rehospitalization, and improve outcomes by connecting them with their physicians. SynziMD’s HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform helps:
- Patients participate in a convenient tele-visit with their physician if they are concerned about the risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19 and/or have scheduling or transportation challenges.
- Patients stay on track with their adherence by receiving condition-specific messaging sent to their smartphone or tablet in the language of their choice.
- Physicians and post-acute partners receive real-time data and insight into the patients’ condition via remote patient monitoring and assessments.
It’s more important now than ever for consumer to be aware how technology can support their health care and well-being with easy-to-use apps. Providers can highlight how technology can help patients feel safe, comfortable, and confident in handling their healthcare needs.