Top 5 Largest Online Therapy Sites Compared

Online therapy has made treatment for mental health not only affordable but easily accessible as well. It offers a great treatment solution for people without reliable transportation, unconventional working hours or lack of health insurance.

With the rapid advancement in the world of online video chat and messaging, a vast range of therapy online options has sprung up for people to choose from.

To help you determine which online therapy site is best suited for your needs, we have carefully evaluated and scoped out five of the most popular mental therapy sites by paying particular attention to the things that matter most to those looking for mental health support online.

BetterHelp

Depending on the treatment needed, this amazing app offers among other things, couple counseling, family counseling, and individual counseling. Their trained psychologists and clinical social workers then match you to the right counselor after checking your filled-up questionnaire. If you don’t approve of whom you have been paired with, a simple email to BetterHelp can help change that.

Once you have been successfully matched you can start contacting your counselor in a private and secure chat room or even schedule a live chat with your counselor. For those who wish to speak out their problems out loud, you can schedule a phone call for up to sixty minutes with your therapist.

Though BetterHelp paid services are not covered by health insurance companies, they charge a reasonable $35-$80 per week with the option of a 7-day free trial which can be canceled at any time. For those unemployed or going through financial difficulties, BetterHelp offers a 40% discount.

Finally, for someone who never wishes to leave the home and at the same time enjoy the ease of 24×7 texting and communication, there is nothing better than BetterHelp. Keep in mind though that this app should never be considered as a substitute for emergencies and when in immediate danger.

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Latest Health IT Trends You Should Know About

Modern medicine is constantly evolving. Whether it’s wireless stethoscope or infrared scanning that can detect minuscule cancers, it’s nothing short of amazing. And as we continue to dive deeper into technology, as a healthcare provider, you might be wondering how this can benefit both you and your patients. Read on to learn about the latest health IT trends and how they can help your practice.

Virtual Care

During the height of COVID, healthcare facilities had no choice but to find ways to treat patients. And while virtual care isn’t necessarily new, it became the go-to choice to treat patients who otherwise wouldn’t be seen. And even though most medical establishments are seeing patients in office, virtual care is still being utilized.

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Greenway Health Names Pratap Sarker As Chief Executive Officer

Greenway Health announced that its Board of Directors has named Pratap Sarker as chief executive officer effective January 1, 2022. Mr. Sarker, who has served as President of Greenway Health since August 2020, succeeds Richard Atkin who has served as CEO since 2018. Mr. Atkin will transition to the role of Executive Chairman of the Greenway Health board.

“Pratap Sarker brings the ideal combination of leadership, experience and vision as the new Greenway Health CEO for this next chapter in the evolution and growth of the company,” said Atkin. “As we continue to enhance our product offerings, invest in our technology platform and deliver measurable client outcomes, we are uniquely positioned for continued growth in 2022. With a seamless transition to CEO, Pratap’s leadership will continue to be invaluable to the expansion of solutions we offer our clients nationwide.”

Sarker joined Greenway Health in 2020 as president. His vision and ownership for client relationship building and his passion for growth has revolutionized the Greenway brand, helping to actualize the company’s purpose of creating successful providers and empowering patients, resulting in healthier communities. Prior to joining Greenway Health, Sarker spent three years as president at Conduent, where he led a multi-billion-dollar business in mission-critical technology and BPO services.

“Greenway Health is primed for growth and market opportunity,” said Sarker. “Together with a strong senior management team, we will continue to evolve our company and transform the healthcare technology sector with products and services that enhance practice growth and deliver innovative, client-centric solutions. I look forward to guiding Greenway Health into its next phase as an industry leader in this exciting market.”

Sarker, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Savitribai Phule Pune University, has over 25 years of experience and achievements garnered from helping organizations drive results through strategic development and a focus on execution.

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5 Advantages of Hosting Healthcare Apps In The Cloud 

If you’re in the healthcare industry, you know how important it is to have efficient and reliable technology to support your business operations. Leading among these reasons is the need for you to have a secure environment protected from the prevalent cybersecurity threats and to maintain your healthcare data privacy. For instance, certain apps can help you connect with your clients better. However, you have to choose whether you want to host it on-premises or in the cloud.  

Even though the cloud offers a wide range of advantages, many healthcare facilities are still hesitant to adopt this technology. However, if you’ve been thinking of transferring your app to the cloud, you should go for a service provider who specializes in healthcare cloud-based services. Moreover, professional services such as True North’s IT services for healthcare account for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Act of 1996, which standardizes the protection of sensitive patient health information.

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The Role of Locum Tenens In Healthcare

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By Scott Beck, CEO, CHG Healthcare.

Thousands of physicians leave their homes every day and travel across the country to fill both short- and long-term needs. Called locum tenens, this group of traveling, temporary physicians often treat patients who would otherwise not receive care.

History of locums

The idea of a traveling, temporary physician was created in 1979 to help address rural physician burnout and the subsequent abandonment of practices. At the time many physicians didn’t have resources to take time off for CME courses, vacations or to even take a sick day. The University of Utah’s College of Medicine and Intermountain Healthcare created the Health Systems Research Institute. The institute’s purpose was to bring rural doctors to the University of Utah for courses to help them run their practices efficiently. The program assembled a network of doctors to cover the practices while the rural physicians were attending the program.

Word of the work being done by HSRI spread and soon there were demands for temporary coverage at facilities around the country and the locum tenens industry and the company that would eventually become CHG Healthcare was born.

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A Complete Guide On Creating A Health Plan

In the daily rush of life, we are often more concerned with getting through the day and achieving our goals that we end up neglecting the most important aspect, our health.

As cliche as it may sound, health truly is wealth, and without it, we might not be able to live a fulfilled and successful life. Not paying attention to the needs of our body can lead to some severe damage, especially as we get older in the long run. 

While adopting a healthy lifestyle is necessary to stay fit and active, many of us tend not to take the first step. With so many health experts and influencers sharing their tips and tricks along with the best exercise plans, it can get confusing. But don’t let this stop you from making the right lifestyle choices. 

To start adopting a healthy lifestyle and stay on track, you need to create a plan to follow every day. Let’s talk about everything you need to know to create a health plan. 

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Physical Therapy For Pain Management: 5 Options To Explore

Vigorous exercises, sports activities, and prolonged improper posture can sometimes result in bodily pain and injury.  This can be a problem as it can further impede activities and hobbies one likes to do most. So, having a physical therapist may help you address the pain you are suffering. These professionals can help patients deal with the symptoms and origin of the physical pain they are experiencing and assist them throughout the process with various techniques and methods.

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The Do’s And Dont’s Of Medical Device Design and Manufacturing

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Over the years, the medical device industry has seen a lot of innovative changes. And, with more technological advancements being made, many companies in the industry have been pushing for more intuitive, user-friendly, and attractive consumer-level designs.

The challenge now is for designers and manufacturers to produce these devices in the least amount of time without violating local and international regulations. With the increasing growth rate of this industry, it’s even more crucial now to avoid making errors and missteps, so you don’t fall behind the competition.

Here are the do’s and don’ts of medical device design and manufacturing.

Do Design With Users In Mind

A medical device is meant to help users resolve certain problems or meet specific needs. Thus, you should focus on the target end users and their needs instead of getting caught up in the goal of creating a unique device. From the initial phase and all throughout the design process, you should always consider the human factors that affect your design. Failing to do so may result in defective devices, and it would be expensive and time-consuming to make significant changes in the latter stages.

To ensure that your target market accepts and uses the device, you should consider these factors in the design process: ease of use, user needs, user scenarios, potential risks, and safety issues. It’s also important to identify residual dangers in using the device early on, so you can promptly find ways to eliminate or manage these risks.

The importance of ease of use should also be stressed. The end users should be able to use the device without having to struggle or having to ask for help every time they need to use it. Medical devices are supposed to aid people and improve their lives, not present them with another problem.

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Telemedicine Should Be A Permanent Way of Administering Healthcare, Experts Say

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Telemedicine – the practice of providing consultations and medical assistance to patients through video calls – should be a lasting way of administering health care, according to the American Medical Association, particularly for patients with chronic health conditions. It promises to free up doctors’ offices and reduce the amount of time that individuals spend on waiting lists.

From around 2012 onwards, the number of people using telemedicine increased globally, year-on-year. Technology made it possible for patients to connect with their doctors remotely, skipping the need to travel to offices for consultations. However, despite the feasibility of such systems, coverage was patchy, right up until 2020. 

Once the pandemic hit, though, things began to change. Social distancing meant that medical practitioners had no choice but to shut their doors and administer patient care online. According to the AMA, COVID-19 changed everything. Early on in the crisis, the Trump administration removed many of the regulatory barriers to telemedicine, freeing up providers. The moves made it easy for patients to pay for their care while remaining safely in their homes. 

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Promoting Better Customer Service During a Pandemic

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By Pankaj Gupta, CEO, iPlum

During the early stages of the pandemic, many health providers and patients saw the flaws with healthcare customer service. Patients engaged in rounds of “phone tag” with their doctors, or they accepted a three or four day wait time to hear back from MyChart messages. Smaller providers with paper records struggled to provide access to information for patients who understandably did not want to visit an office during a health crisis.

Chat, email, and phone channels exploded with patients who wanted to learn more about the new virus. The pandemic accelerated digital change and connectivity, leaving many in healthcare unprepared. They had to implement new technology at scale, including videoconferencing, EHR access and other improvements, all while managing HIPAA compliance. As the pandemic continues into the fall of 2021 and beyond, healthcare providers need to evolve their digital offerings.

They need new technology that isn’t a short-term fix but sets the industry up for a more connected future of more satisfied and healthier patients.

Leveraging Technology for Integrated Healthcare

Many physicians and staff call patients using their mobile phones but would block the caller ID for privacy reasons. However, the patient can’t call the healthcare provider back on this line. It doesn’t enable easy back and forth for setting an appointment or double checking a course of care. This dynamic means a less open patient and provider relationship that lacks a personal touch. With a better relationship, patients often see improved engagement with their provider, leading to improved outcomes, fewer mistakes, or misinterpretations, and less legal exposure for the provider.

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