Medically Reviewed By: Gideon Kwok
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- Regular Health Monitoring: Video-based health checks offer convenient remote consultations, allowing healthcare providers to monitor elderly patients’ health status effectively and intervene promptly when needed.
- Medication Management: These checks ensure medication compliance and reconciliation, assisting seniors with complex medication regimens and memory challenges.
- Mental Health and Social Engagement: Video calls reduce loneliness and provide valuable social contact, while also facilitating the monitoring and management of mental health conditions.
Introduction – tel-a-doc
Right! So, here we are, ready to talk about connecting patient & doctor on video. But first, a show of hands; how many of you knew that the internet is capable of more – a lot more – than cat videos on Facebook or the Orange Man’s rants on “X”; or that other stuff that gets the Feds interested in your browsing history. It’s a miraculous yet totally scientific tool to access information from across the globe and connect with people from across the same globe. And as the population on that globe ages, the need to connect with them and connect them with their care providers becomes more acute. Traditional healthcare models often fall short of the ideal where it comes to addressing the unique needs of older adults, particularly for those with limited mobility or living in remote areas. This is where video-based health checks have emerged as a really useful tool, offering a more accessible, convenient, and effective way to care for the elderly. And just as there are seven days and seven colors of the rainbow and, most importantly, seven heavens, there are in fact seven key ways in which video-based health checks can transform elderly care. And we’re going to talk about each of them.
1. Regular Health Monitoring
A. Convenience of Remote Consultations
It goes without saying that video-based health checks effectively eliminate the need for physical travel, removing a major barrier for seniors with mobility issues. The ability to consult regularly with the patient via live video link allows healthcare providers to monitor their elderly patients’ health status reliably and consistently.
B. Early Detection and Intervention
Through regularly scheduled live video monitoring sessions, healthcare professionals can detect early signs of health issues such as changes in cognitive function, mobility, or the emergence of new symptoms. By being able to intervene promptly when required healthcare professionals can potentially prevent problems from escalating.
2. Medication Management
A. Ensuring Medication Compliance
ideo calls can also be used to assist seniors with their medication management, ensuring they understand and adhere to their medication schedules. This is especially important for those with complex medication regimens, and who are at a stage in life where memory and comprehension are beginning to erode.
B. Medication Reconciliation and Management
Since a video consultation is essentially a live event, the healthcare provider is inclined to treat it the same way as they would treat a complete “in clinic visit”; in addition to reviewing condition, symptoms and progress, they will also review all medications the patient is taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements, to prevent harmful interactions and to adjust prescriptions as necessary.
3. Mental Health and Social Engagement
A. Addressing Loneliness and Social Isolation
The elderly, especially those who come from nuclear families in urban metropolises, live very lonely lives per force. They crave human contact, even if it is from a caregiver asking about their current symptoms and medication routines. Regular video calls often reduce feelings of isolation among these seniors. These interactions provide not only health monitoring but also valuable social contact, adding a small sprinkling of joy to their otherwise dull lives and thus somewhat enhancing the overall quality of life.
B. Monitoring and Managing Mental Health
The most important tool in a mental health professional’s drawer is “conversation”, both at the assessment and therapy stages. A live video session merely replaces the consultation room with the patient’s own sitting room, and allows assessments and therapy sessions to be conducted through video calls, helping in the early detection and treatment of conditions like depression, anxiety, and dementia, conditions that are now increasingly prevalent among the elderly.
4. Physical Therapy and Exercise Guidance
A. Remote Supervision of Physical Activities
Physical rehabilitation therapists can guide the house-bound elderly through specific exercises via video, ensuring they perform their movements during the session, complete the day’s required routines, and do so correctly to avoid injuries. This is of particular benefit to those undergoing post-operative rehabilitation or managing chronic conditions like arthritis.
B. Tailored Exercise Programs
Therapists can develop and adjust exercise routines based on the senior’s health status, mobility level, and progress, all monitored through video interactions.
5. Diet and Nutrition Counseling
A. Developing Customized Nutrition Plans
In much the same vein as physical rehab therapists, dietitians can connect directly to offer tailored nutrition advice during live video calls as if the patient was at the dietician’s clinic, and be able to consider the patient’s health conditions, dietary restrictions, and preferences to ensure a balanced and healthy diet.
B. Regular Follow-ups and Adjustments
Continuous monitoring of dietary habits allows for timely modifications in nutrition plans, ensuring the programs remain effective and suitable as the patient’s needs evolve.
6. Education and Empowerment
A. Informative Sessions on Health Conditions
Eversince internet based video calling capability has been established, one of its most significant uses has been in the imparting of education. Like other professionals, those in the healthcare industry can also use video calling as an educational tool, where they explain the various aspects of health conditions, treatment options, and preventive measures to their patients in an easily understandable manner.
B. Promoting Self-Care and Independence
Educating seniors about their health conditions empowers them to take an active role in their own care, promoting a sense of independence and self-efficacy.
7. Family Involvement and Support
A. Facilitating Family Participation
The way our economies are currently set up, we can’t visit our elderly relatives often enough – or sometimes at all – even when we want to; and though they will never say it to us, they do hurt on the inside. Sometimes even a video call can help maintain that connection and provide much needed emotional support, while also enabling family members to be involved in the elderly patient’s care, regardless of their physical location.
B. Enhancing Collaborative Care
Including family members in video health checks encourages a more comprehensive and collaborative approach to the senior’s care, ensuring a better understanding of their overall health needs and preferences.
Video-based health checks represent a paradigm shift in elderly care, providing a multidimensional and adaptable approach that fulfills a wide range of needs. By incorporating these technologies, we can make little improvements in the lives of the elderly which, when taken as a combined whole, could significantly enhance their overall quality of life, ensuring they receive compassionate, efficient, and effective care. As technology continues to advance, its potential to further revolutionize elderly care is immense, offering more personalized, accessible, and empowering care solutions for one of the most vulnerable segments of our society.
MarkiTech has various subsidiaries with products and services targeted towards digital healthcare, telehealth/telemedicine, and a virtual clinic with a laser focus on helping seniors age in place and help their caregivers.
Sensights.ai is a company focused on remote patient monitoring and aging solutions, which utilizes artificial intelligence to track patient’s health and keep a round-the-clock connection between caregivers and patients.
Veyetals also uses rPPG and AI modeling algorithms to measure vitals anytime, anywhere to capture the light reflected by the blood vessels under a patient’s skin.
Lastly, we have now launched our latest Mental Health AI Scribe tool called CliniScripts.com.