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To Stay Healthy, IU Students Should Consider Remote Medicine


To Stay Healthy, IU Students Should Consider Remote Medicine

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It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way we approach health on a global scale. From normalizing wearing face masks to modifying how we interact with one another on a day-to-day basis, there's little doubt that these changes will linger long after the virus has moved on.

One such trend that has gained a significant amount of traction since the onset of the pandemic is telemedicine. People no longer want to wait for an extended amount of time in a crowded waiting room to see a doctor. In turn, telemedicine has surged multifold, making it the much-preferred option for many patients.

No matter what your unique healthcare needs are, there is likely a telemedicine app or service ready to address it. Whether you're looking for mental health treatment or need an appointment for your common cold, telemedicine may be the answer. The only question now remaining is, how can telehealth help you?

Mental Health

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), mental health concerns are on the rise among college students. Some of the more common issues facing them can include anxiety and depression. While new research has indicated that a blood test can help identify existing mental health disorders, there's still a vast need for support and treatment for those who already struggle with them.

Fortunately, telemedicine has made remote treatment possible for those who struggle with their mental health. These apps can help connect you with a trained mental health professional in as little as one day, allowing you to finally get the compassionate care you require to help you start to recover from the mental illness. In many cases, it's also much more affordable than in-person counseling, too.


Orthodontics has come quite a long way since its advent many years ago, and today, getting orthodontic treatment is much easier than ever. Gone are the days of unsightly metal braces, wires, and brackets. Now that clear dental aligners are possible, and without requiring an in-office dental appointment, straighter teeth are a possibility for all.

There are several different methods of teledentistry that can be utilized. Most do require dental impressions and consultations with an orthodontist, but most of the time, all appointments can be completed through a video call. In as little as one year, you can have a brand-new, more confident smile.

General Wellness

Many of us struggle with the concept of going to the doctor when we are sick, as we have often been told to just suck it up and sip on chicken soup until the symptoms subside. The coronavirus pandemic has changed this, though, and many of us are understandably wary of ignoring our symptoms of illness.

With the introduction of telemedicine, getting an audience with a doctor no longer has to be a tedious endeavor. Oftentimes, copays are much lower, you do not need to have insurance to sign up for it, and you can possibly see your doctor on the same day. With so many advantages of using telehealth apps, it's no secret as to why it has grown in popularity.

Routine Testing

Staying on top of your health is more than just going to the doctor when you feel yourself growing sick; it's also about preventative care, as well. In many cases, early detection of diseases can help give you the best possible outcome for recovery. The sooner you identify an illness, the sooner you can begin treatment and start healing.

Furthermore, many illnesses can be treated through remote care. Whether you may have concerns that you may be at risk for cancer and want to be tested remotely, or you're interested in a discreet HIV test after possible exposure, there is a myriad of testing options available to you. Please note, however, that many of these tests may require a follow-up appointment with a physician to discuss your results.

Is Telehealth Best for You?

It's understandable to be more than a little bit cautious about telemedicine, especially since it's so new and not very well understood. However, remote healthcare is a growing industry and all evidence suggests that it's here to stay. Nevertheless, telemedicine is not for everyone, and sometimes an in-person appointment may be ideal.

For instance, if you suspect that you may be experiencing a medical emergency, then you should go to your local emergency room or urgent care. Telehealth may not be ideal for patients who may need specific types of prescriptions (such as opioids for pain, or Ritalin for ADHD), either.

However, for many patients -- and especially for students here at Indiana University -- telemedicine may be precisely what they need to help empower them to take charge of their health. In turn, you can help both maintain and regain your wellness, ensuring safer, happier, and healthier you in the long run.

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