March 27, 2020
For many people, the uncertainty of weeks or months of Coronavirus isolation is not just troubling, it can take a significant toll on mental health and well-being. It's safe to say, that in these current times, we urgently need to finds ways to maintain mental wellness at home, as well as sustain our mental performance abilities. With the aim of providing solutions when they’re needed most, we will discuss why NeuroTracker and similar remote services offer real telehealth opportunities, and how you can start growing your remote training offerings today.
When isolated and less mentally active than normal, our neuroplasticity is actually set to work against us – pruning away synapses and neural connections in a game of ‘use it or lose it’. This can also impact our physical health, with recent research showing that social isolation can increase our body’s inflammation levels.
Maintaining quarantine status amid an international emergency brings societal and psychological pressures of anxiety, stress, and potentially despair. Older adults quarantined from their family members, may be facing a significant degree of social isolation and worry. Students, whose schools are closed, need an outlet for social interaction and innovative strategies to maintain academic engagement. Athletes, whose seasons have been canceled, must find other ways to keep their minds and bodies “in game-day shape.” Clinical patients whose appointments have been canceled, need alternative strategies maintain their regimens at home.
As part of quarantine efforts, medical centers and clinics around the world have been shutting down. However, if these medical services can instead deliver telehealth solutions, then people can access supervised treatment in their homes, right when they need it most.
Telehealth services use dedicated software and communications technologies to deliver health services remotely. The goal is to allow health professionals to remain connected with clients, even when face-to-face service is not an option. Telehealth allows health professionals to cater to the needs of a much broader range of patients.
The upside for the patient is the convenience of being managed by a health specialist, without needing to leave home. Fluid communication between parties is the oil which keeps the cogs of telehealth services working efficiency.
Here are 3 major advantages that telehealth brings to the table during COVID-19 lockdowns, illustrated with examples specific to NeuroTracker.
We currently have 3 NeuroTracker platforms, the Standalone version for in-center use only, the Cloud version for training through a web browser, and our new NeuroTracker X platforms, which expands the product’s functionality to meet telehealth needs. Here we’ll walk through the key steps for getting your users up and running remotely using some examples with NeuroTracker X.
1. Add a New User – when you are logged into your administrator’s dashboard, you can see all your current users on your organization page. From here, simply click the ADD USER button, fill in the user’s personal details and email, choose their starting program, and then click invite. NeuroTracker will now send the user an email which will take them through the sign-up and quick installation. You will be able to see them as an active user on your dashboard from the moment they get setup.
2. Your User’s Dashboard – with a single click you can view any of your users’ live personal dashboards from your administrator’s account. Your users simply click the GET STARTED button to run sessions, and they can see what’s lined up in the program on the top-left area, as well their performance data on the main interactive results chart.
3. Customizing a User’s Training Program – NeuroTracker X comes with a range of pre-loaded programs to cover a wide variety of performance, rehabilitation and wellness protocols. You can simply select a user and queue as many programs as you like, as well skip any programs previously lined-up. If you have the advanced version of NeuroTracker X, you can go one step further by designing your own custom programs. This includes mixing up everything from different session types, numbers of targets and tracking duration, to setting questionnaires and dual-tasks.
So we have covered how the NeuroTracker software can serve telehealth needs. However, if you want to reach a big audience remotely, you will need some key tools and know-how to help you get the job done.
The NeuroTracker team recently presented a live webinar called ‘Telehealth Solution to Service Your Clients from Home’, which included guest speaker and neurovision expert Keith Smithson. To learn more about telehealth, as well as get insights on the new capabilities of the NeuroTracker X platform, watch the webinar recording below. Or if you have any questions for our team to answer on your telehealth needs, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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