I recently had my first run-in with telehealth. Typically, I find doctor appointments to be a bit of an inconvenience – cutting into my busy work schedule, commuting to the appointment, waiting to be seen and then rushing back to pick up where my day left off. This time, my appointment was easier than ever, hopping on a video chat with my doctor as if it were one of my regularly scheduled meetings with clients or colleagues.
My experience reminded me of the other ways healthcare has gone virtual, beyond standard checkups or sick visits. Digital platforms put a variety of experts at our fingertips, and it’s more important than ever to prioritize head-to-toe health as we make plans for how to navigate a new normal. Technology and innovation open access to areas of wellness we might’ve left on the back burner by putting experts, plans and goal-tracking in our pockets.
Mental health has been at the forefront of healthcare discussions over the last few years. People of all ages are paying more attention to how our thoughts make us feel, and thankfully, care is becoming much more convenient and accessible.
Digital platforms like AbleTo (March client!) connect people to the care they need to embark on and continue their mental health journey. Users can talk to therapists and coaches at any time via phone or video, develop plans that fit their schedules, and track their progress along the way. Accessing the right specialists and proven plans from the comfort of our own homes, at our own pace, breaks down the barriers to working on our mental and emotional wellbeing during these challenging times.
Sleep is a vital ingredient to feel great both mentally and physically. Still, we’re just not getting enough, as one third of American adults report getting less sleep than recommended. Sleep deprivation takes a toll, from our immune systems, to muscle repair, to emotional regulation and much more.
Technology can help us get the ZZZs we need not simply to function but indeed thrive. Many fitness bands and watches can track how much sleep we’re getting and even report restlessness throughout the night. Apps like Calm can add meditation to our bedtime routines to slow down, or play lullabies, soothing sounds, or tell us stories. Thinking critically about sleep and leveraging tech to integrate better habits into our routines ensures we’re recovering each day.
Women and family
Time is of the essence when it comes to fertility, family planning and becoming new parents. Women and families shouldn’t have to push the pause button on starting their next chapter, even if circumstances such as expense or inability to visit a healthcare provider block them from the care they need.
Virtual health empowers women to take their pregnancies into their own hands. Digital platforms like Maven support parents when they need it most, connecting to a team of physicians, mental health specialists, postpartum consultants, back-to-work coaches, and more, from the start of family planning through postpartum. Such innovation bridges the large gap in a woman’s access to highly qualified healthcare professionals for herself and her family.
With many things in flux around us right now, it’s vital to reflect on how well we’re taking care of ourselves. Innovative technology provides greater control over our health, connecting us to the support we need to feel our best, both mentally and physically.
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