The July 4th holiday is one of the busiest holiday travel periods of the year. The summer months are already a peak travel period, and mixing in a major holiday and four-day weekend makes this year’s Independence Day a very popular time for traveling to visit friends, family, or just to get away.
Often, when people travel, they stray from their normal living patterns and tend to generally be less healthy, including eating, sleeping, and activity patterns. While it’s an easy trap to fall into, especially when escaping from regular, hectic, schedules, it can also put a strain on bodies that can lead to health problems.
A few things to focus on when traveling this holiday weekend to help you and your family avoid unnecessary problems include getting enough rest, staying active, and eating healthy and balanced meals, and protect yourself from sun and heat. Basically, to whatever extent it’s possible, try not to stray far from normal routines just because it’s a holiday weekend. If you’re grilling or lighting fireworks, follow appropriate safety precautions.
Still, even if you take every precaution, health issues can arise at any time. Accidents and injuries happen, people get sick and, of course, many have to deal with their chronic conditions. The good news is that connected health technologies, which continue to grow in popularity, can help reduce the burden of healthcare during holiday and other travel periods.
Rather than rushing to an emergency room or immediate care clinic, virtual visits will allow consulting medical professionals to provide advice on caring for wounds, injuries, or illnesses without having to travel. Telehealth visits are also likely to cost less than alternatives. If your primary care provider has implemented a telehealth system, you may even be able to seek, and receive care from the physicians who are already familiar with your patient history, allergies, and other individual factors that may influence treatment. Telehealth can also make follow-up care convenient without having to reschedule due to travel.
In addition to providing access to physicians through telehealth, connected health platforms enable easy sharing of patient data. That means doctors providing care are able to view patient histories to help assess conditions and treatment options, and any new conditions and prescribed treatments and medications can be added to patient records so PCPs and other regularly used specialists are up to date.
Remote Patient Monitoring
Wearable devices and other portable connected health devices allow patients with chronic conditions or others that require regular monitoring to continue to update their readings. Updated information can be either automatically delivered to connected health systems or manually entered into patient records. This way, physicians can continue to be monitor patient conditions and, importantly, be alerted of any abnormalities.
It’s easy to forget to refill prescriptions before leaving for holiday trips. Connected health systems make it easier to get refills while traveling to ensure proper treatment of whatever conditions exist and to reduce the chances of regression while traveling.
One of the great things about holidays, like July 4th, is they offer a chance to spend time with family and friends we may not see on a regular basis. Healthcare – whether for new issues or ongoing conditions – does not need to be an obstacle to enjoying your time away. Stay safe, enjoy the holiday, and celebrate America’s independence with the comfort that connected health can give you freedom from the obstacles of traditional healthcare while away from home.
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