May 3, 2022

3 mins read

How Telemedicine Benefits Remote Therapy

While in-person therapy offices have traditionally been the most popular option for those seeking this service, there are several reasons why this setting is limiting. What happens when your therapist is away? What if you need to head out of town last minute? If the office has closed for the day, do clients need to wait until the next time it opens? People did not flock to traditional facilities because they enjoyed it and found it convenient, but because there was no viable alternative. Fortunately, we are now in the age of telemedicine. Many healthcare needs, such as therapy, can now be met in the virtual space. This revolution towards teletherapy is making it easier for providers to be accessible to everyone - across all genders, ages, abilities, and locations.

A telehealth-ready platform like Markee offers so much more than its offline counterpart, because there is clearly so much more to running a good teletherapy service than just sending out a zoom link! Let’s talk about how a virtual workspace, like Markee, is helping therapy providers transition into the virtual space and why it’s benefiting them and their clients.

1. Better Accessibility

The ability to travel for healthcare or therapy is not a luxury that everyone is afforded. Access to care is undoubtedly impeded by economic capacity, education access, community support, social status, and location. Going to a medical or treatment facility often requires that person to have a car to drive and the gas money to drive it. In most rural settings, and even some urban settings, suitable and affordable public transport are close to non-existent. Finally, it takes significant time and planning to leave one’s home or workplace, and all the responsibilities that go with that. Think of a parent, or someone with a disability. Traditional healthcare and therapy settings are not catering to all the people who want and need them.

Telemedicine, however, opens up these previously restrictive options, and widens a client’s access to providers and a provider’s access to clients immensely. Through high quality video calls and online communication channels, therapy is now not only a luxury for the few, but an option for the many. The increased accessibility that arises from a virtual workspace brings many other advantages, such as lower costs of care administration for the provider and greater flexibility for the client. Teletherapy has undoubtedly changed the game!

2. Convenient Follow-ups

Believe it or not, follow-ups are even trickier to organize than initial visits to therapy. After that first session in-person, clients often lose motivation to budget the time and money it takes with the long waiting hours and inconvenient travel journeys. In some cases, individuals urgently require more support and a quick follow-up, but pressures at home or work stop them from scheduling their next visit. With telehealth, providers can offer their clients much greater flexibility with follow-ups, meaning a short-break at work or a 30 minute TV show to distract the kids can be enough to get that next session in.

Aside from having kids or parents to look after, it can be difficult for those who travel for work to find the time to consistently schedule therapy sessions. It is not ideal to push therapy off until one stops being busy because that is probably going to be a long wait for most people! As a provider, transitioning into fully-remote or hybrid service means you can cater to these audiences for whom therapy used to feel like a distant dream.

In some cases, people’s schedules might clear up but they would still be hesitant about going through the whole process of visiting facilities. They would rather spend their time resting up, going on a vacation, spending more time with loved ones, or catching up with friends. Through teletherapy, the convenience of communicating with the care providers at any time and anywhere keeps people from being robbed of their lives’ memorable moments.

3. Reduces Anxiety

Everybody is familiar with having to wait for hours on end for their name to be called at the doctor’s office. People either endlessly flip pages of old magazines, stare blankly at boring TV shows, or monotonously play games on their phones to pass time. The awkwardness and the frustration of being in waiting rooms make people anxious about going to seek help.

As a provider, you want your clients to be in a comfortable space, so that your sessions are not tainted by emotions of anxiety or stress. With teletherapy, you know your clients are taking part in sessions from a place of comfort and so they are more likely to fully engage with the session that you have planned. As usual, teletherapy is a win-win for the provider and client.

With teletherapy, everyone whether near or far, too busy or too shy, wealthy or not, can take care of their mental health. Telemedicine helps people say goodbye to long distance trips to the doctors, painfully awkward waiting rooms, and frequent no-shows to appointments.

Convinced that teletherapy should be the next step for you as a provider? Now it’s time to pick a platform that meets your needs! Markee is an all-encompassing platform that will make your transition to telehealth simple for your team and simple for your clients. There’s no need for multiple platform downloads, confusing URLs, or constant emails. Sign up for Markee today and see what all the hype is about!