Updated: Oct 13
With the hustle and bustle of the modern lifestyle, it can be easy to neglect certain aspects of health, such as diet and mental health. As a result, people tend to fall ill more. But because of these ailments, it can also be equally as draining to seek help. To combat this, more effective holistic approaches to healthcare may encourage people to get the care they need. PR Newswire’s report on a healthcare survey found that 83% of US consumers find it essential for healthcare providers to provide coordinated, seamless, and
holistic care. To cater to these preferences, as many as 53% of healthcare providers point to virtual care as
an effective way for patients to adhere to care plans and receive well-rounded treatment. Given the convenience and accessibility of telehealth, having the option of remote consultations provides an
excellent opportunity for reshaping holistic care.
Telehealth provides greater access to more practitioners
Finding the right specialist within your area can be challenging when seeking healthcare. Telehealth
avoids this problem by allowing patients to find and consult with them digitally.
Case in point, telehealth nurse practitioners (NPs) in Oklahoma and all over the US are allowed to practice their specializations —whether as psychiatric mental health NPs, geriatric primary care NPs, or family NPs. In addition to treating many illnesses or conditions, the remote nature of telehealth adds greater flexibility in consultation hours. Patients who have the opportunity to reach out to experts from around the country may be able to receive specialized treatment for their problems, allowing them to benefit from the best possible care they can afford.
Telehealth improves healthcare monitoring
Telehealth and telemedicine have improved holistic care even in remote settings by establishing greater
connections between patients and medical practitioners. This is especially true with the use of remote
patient monitoring (RPM) technology, as reported by Insider Intelligence. The constant stream of real-
time health data displayed is great for patients suffering from chronic conditions, allowing them to
monitor their overall health better. This has been proven effective at the University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center: the risk of hospital readmissions was reduced by 76%, and patient satisfaction scores increased by
over 90% for those with RPM equipment. Another benefit of this approach to telehealth is its decrease in
the number of patients frequenting healthcare providers. This allows professional healthcare workers to
provide higher quality care to more immediate patients, fostering holistic care essential for a full
Telehealth opens up more time to care for oneself
The convenience of telehealth also extends beyond seeking out and following professional help but also
opens up time to care for oneself. Telehealth reduces travel to medical clinics, allowing patients more
time to practice self-care initiatives. Researchers from San Diego note that self-care is all about
awareness, self-control, and self-reliance to promote and maintain optimal well-being, especially if you
have a chronic illness. Some simple ways to take on holistic care that medical professionals also
recommend are drinking plenty of water, practicing mindfulness for ten minutes a day, and keeping up
with your preventative healthcare appointments. You can even try out holistic remedies as mentioned in
our post “Holistic remedies for cold/flu season, sinus problems & allergies”, to help your body and mind recover from illness and stress. These include ginger baths, sinus rinses, supplements, and anti-
inflammatory dietary changes, to name a few.
Taking every opportunity can maximize the effects of professional telehealth and self-care actions.