Since the coronavirus outbreak, we have been engaging with our clients, U.S. physician practices, like never before. But one thought that’s been on my mind is wellness (especially physical health), which is now more crucial than before. With the U.S. healthcare system being pushed beyond stress levels, we must stay healthy and safeguard ourselves from contracting the COVID-19 infection.
So I am glad to have back as our guest Dr.Pariksith Singh, MD (Access Health Care Physicians, LLC), who is passionate about medicine and wellness, and is someone who is as articulate as he is knowledgeable. Here is briefly what we cover in today’s discussion.
Physicians Must Improvise and Adapt
We begin by discussing the accessibility of medical care during the coronavirus crisis, with most people being confined to their homes. Despite physicians actively offering medical advice via telehealth, some patients are not comfortable with the idea. So how do physicians treat patients in such scenarios? According to Dr.Singh, its time physicians put the needs of patients first and improvise. For instance, if a patient cannot access a telehealth portal, Dr.Singh suggests that the physician talk to the patient via phone and evaluate future course basis the symptoms, preexisting conditions, and historical patient records.
Self-Precautions and Self-Isolation is Essential
The one thing that doctors and celebrities have been emphasizing is that the coronavirus does not discriminate – we are all vulnerable to infection. We must exercise necessary precautions such as keeping a distance of 6 feet from others, wearing gloves and masks (which must be disinfected after each use) in public spaces, washing hands with soap and water, and leaving our homes as little as possible. In addition, Dr.Singh recommends precautionary self-isolation for a minimum of 7 to 10 days if anybody in the family shows even the slightest symptoms of cough and cold.
The present situation has affected us in every conceivable way – economically, socially, physically, and psychologically. While the drug companies work out a preventive vaccine or a more effective drug, Dr.Singh shares his tips for improving physical and mental well-being.
Telehealth is here to Stay
The coronavirus epidemic will end, hopefully in a few months, but the changes it had forced upon us will persist. In the healthcare sector, telehealth will continue to be a significant channel of patient care. Looking ahead, we must assess how we can improve the functioning of our healthcare system to treat maximum people with minimal reliance on in-person hospital visits.
PracticeForces is committed to helping the U.S. physician community in the fight against COVID-19. If you want to implement telehealth or require assistance with your telehealth system, we’d be happy to help. Contact us now.