Social Distancing Has Kept Many Healthcare Provider Offices Closed
Coronavirus has changed our lives. Our healthcare providers are themselves at risk of being infected. Many of us are sheltering in place and even when exposed to someone who tests positive, if not exhibiting symptoms, we are unable to be tested.
In this incubation period, we are permitted to go grocery shopping and possibly infect or be infected by the cashier who coughs in her hand and then scans our food items. Our doctors, dentists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists and others who provide hands-on services to keep us healthy are not open for business. It is imperative for patient and practice survival to develop a practical and workable means of healthcare delivery.
Where is Healthcare Headed?
Up until now, the conventional healthcare system has been able to handle medical emergencies and trauma. But now, with protective gear in short supply, these front-line doctors and nurses are put at great risk. While many patients are postponing elective surgery and other procedures, who will take care of the emergency room visits – whether it’s respiratory complications from Coronavirus, an auto accident, a heart attack, or the delivery of a baby? Will there be beds, equipment, medicine?
This fear is taking a toll on our emotional health as well. Now, more than ever, guidance is needed to preserve health and the continuation of life – and holistic practitioners are poised to deliver.
This is the New Healthcare
While modern medicine has allowed us to live longer, the quality of life in those latter years has been compromised for many. And the younger populations, while seemingly protected from childhood communicable diseases, have experienced increases in auto-immune diseases, allergies, cancers, neurological and behavioral problems.
Holistic health providers have always stressed prevention and healthy lifestyle for their clients – humans and pets. For those who have adopted healthier diets, exercise routines, stress relieving practices, and methods of detoxification, there are still many who require or desire services and guidance from these professionals.
Enter Telehealth and Digital Information
Now is the time to be proactive and dependent on the choices we make. But it must be informed choices. Health practitioners must take advantage of the Internet and cellular communications to deliver healthcare. These services can include:
- Consultations: Office visits through the Internet, through computer or cell devices – may require downloading Apps, WIFI
- Education: On-line courses, Webinars, Whitepapers, Zoom meetings, Blogs, Podcasts, YouTube videos, website and more.
- Product sales: Books, supplements, personal care items, fitness equipment, detox items, construction materials, food, clothing, informational products and more.
- Online Events: Classes, virtual health fairs, summits, Facebook live and more.
There is a large older population who are not skilled in this technology and will need help in procuring these services. This is where patience and humanitarianism come into play. While the teachers and the students can experience frustration from “not getting it”, resourcefulness and perseverance is necessary. It will pay off.
Healthcare delivery is going through a transformation to Telehealth. It’s a good option, a healthy option. If you are already practicing this, expand it. If you are a hands-on practitioner, find ways that you can help people in other ways. Either way, people need to find you.
Holistic practitioners and providers of goods and services have a head-start in promoting healthy living and the connection of body, mind and spirit for health and wellbeing. This is our time to make a major impact on the health of this planet. Profile all that you do and get the word out!
Dr. Andrea Brockman
As holistic dentists, we've recommended products and services that supported our patients’ health for decades. In experiencing our own health challenges from mercury toxicity, we worked closely with many natural, alternative, and integrative health practitioners who aided our recovery as well as our patients’. We built this site to provide you with a simple-to-use, comprehensive, informational, and functional resource for your physical, emotional, and spiritual health & well-being.