Telehealth spells new opportunities for healthcare providers amid outbreak

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – Help has always been at our finger tips, whether it be a doctor’s appointment or a therapist session. But now, COVID-19 is giving that phrase new meaning.

Since she can’t meet with her students in person, Dr. Vicky Roy had to get creative.

“This is really allowing us to have face to face interaction in a time when students aren’t seeing their regular teachers,”Roy says.

Roy is a speech pathologist that normally meets with her kids in a classroom setting. Now she uses zoom as a type of teletherapy. Since she can’t hold speech sessions in person, she uses the internet to have that face to face interaction kids need to make progress.

This type of healthcare isn’t just available for speech or education. It’s something doctors and mental health therapist now use instead of asking patients to come into hospitals. It lowers the chances of spread and keeps patients from losing out on non-emergency care.

“I think it’s more critical that parents consider teletherapy as an option or just patients in general,” Roy says.

As of now Roy is using online platforms to reach as many clients as she can while everyone is quarantined.

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