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  • Writer's pictureNicholas Licameli

The Telehealth Crisis: How Coronavirus and COVID-19 are Infecting Healthcare

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The purpose of this article is to help. Understand this…we are living through a time in history that our grandchildren will ask us about. The virus has catapulted the world years into the future…teachers are being forced to learn online teaching platforms, restaurants and grocery stores are being forced to utilize delivery apps, and healthcare providers are scrambling to find ways to provide care without seeing patients in-person. . . The urgency to adopt new ways without time to adapt brings up a serious problem, which is doing something out of necessity before learning to do it well. In other words, we’re being forced to change before we’re ready to change or as PhysioPraxis has said, we’re “doing too much too soon after doing too little for too long.” The situation becomes problematic when individuals and companies fail to do their due diligence to become skilled at telehealth prior to its implementation. . . Online care is not something that you just start doing to get your “seat at the table.” I don’t go buy some land and a tractor and tell people that I am a farmer. That does a disservice to the people relying on my crops as well as farmers in general. We have an ethical responsibility. We have an oath to serve in an ethical way. Remember that. . . I have been practicing telehealth through my own business Strength Together Inc and with 3DMJ for quite some time now, but it most definitely did not happen overnight as a result of a global crisis and it most certainly wasn’t easy. There are others out there who are much better than I and from whom I’ve learned a ton so I am by no means an expert, but I understand that implementing telehealth in physical therapy requires a paradigm shift…and paradigm shifts don’t happen in a week, they happen over decades. . . Make no mistake; the purpose of this article is to help. We must come together to save our profession. Again, I am not an expert, but I do have experience and can guide you to some of the best resources out there. Who’s with me?!?! . #naturalbodybuilding #bodybuilding #weightlifting #powerlifting #physiotherapist #physiotherapy #physicaltherapy #physicaltherapist #clinicalathlete #3dmusclejourney #3dmj #team3dmj #telehealth #dpt

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