According to the World Health Organization, telehealth is the use of “telecommunications and virtual technology to deliver health care outside of traditional health-care facilities.” It promotes long-distance client and practitioner contact, care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring, etc.
Telehealth allows practitioners to provide continuous guidance to clients wherever their location might be. It reduces costs for both parties as well as time consumption (no need for offices, waiting rooms, transportation, etc). Virtual appointments help build client-practitioner trust, improve accessibility, and maintain continuity of care. Practitioners also have more freedom to improve work-life balance and improve their own state of personal health.
The practice of Āyurvedic medicine is well-suited to telehealth because it provides long-term guidance and attention with competent professionals regardless of a patient’s location. At ĀYU Academy, students learn and practice in both telehealth and hands-on clinical environments to better prepare them with real-world skills.
Many telehealth tools are already part of most people’s everyday lives, such as video conferencing, messaging apps, file storage and sharing services and many more. In this way, client-practitioner communication is not any harder than simply sending a text message or making a video call.
Students at ĀYU Academy learn how to use online tools and apps to work with patients and clients from any location. They understand how to setup online consultations and protect their client’s privacy at all times.