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Leveraging Technology for Wellness

Using Apps, Online Resources, and Telehealth to Enhance Student Support

May 30, 2024
Leveraging Technology for Wellness

Technology is revolutionizing the way we approach health and wellness. For college health and counseling professionals, integrating technology into support services is no longer optional—it’s essential. From wellness apps to telehealth platforms, these tools offer innovative ways to connect with students, provide continuous support, and enhance the overall efficacy of health and counseling services.

The Rise of Wellness Apps

Wellness apps have become a cornerstone in the landscape of digital health. These applications offer various features, from mental health support and meditation to fitness tracking and nutrition guidance. Here’s how wellness apps can be integrated into college health services:

  1. Mental Health Support: Apps like Headspace, Calm, and Moodfit provide students with tools for managing stress, anxiety, and depression. These apps offer guided meditations, mood tracking, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques that can complement in-person or virtual sessions with a counselor.
  2. Physical Fitness and Nutrition: Fitness apps like Nourish and Nike Training Club help students maintain physical health by offering workout plans and nutritional support. Encouraging students to use these apps can foster a holistic approach to wellness.
  3. Personalized Health Plans: By integrating these apps into your health center’s resources, you can offer personalized health plans that students can follow independently, promoting continuous self-care outside of scheduled appointments.

Gain tips for connecting students with key resources here.

Utilizing Online Resources

Online resources are vast and varied, offering a wealth of information and support that can enhance college health services. Here’s how you can leverage them:

  1. Virtual Workshops and Webinars: Hosting or participating in virtual workshops and webinars on topics like stress management, nutrition, and mental health can provide valuable support and education to students, reaching those who may not seek in-person help. These types of events can also be co-hosted with other schools, reaching a wider student audience while limiting resources required of each school’s health and wellness team.
  2. Integrate ePrecribing: ePrescribing allows healthcare providers to send prescriptions directly to pharmacies electronically, reducing errors and enhancing efficiency. This system improves accuracy and convenience for students while supporting sustainability by reducing paper usage. Additionally, ePrescribing enhances patient safety through drug interaction checks and allergy alerts.
  3. Telehealth Appointments: Telehealth has become a game-changer in the realm of health services, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It continues to provide numerous benefits:
    • Accessibility: Telehealth removes barriers to accessing care, such as transportation issues or scheduling conflicts. Students can attend appointments from the comfort of their dorm rooms or another private space on campus, making it easier to seek help.
    • Continuity of Care: Telehealth ensures that students who might travel or move frequently continue to receive consistent care without interruption.
    • Immediate Support: Platforms offering on-demand telehealth services can provide immediate support during crises or urgent health concerns, ensuring timely intervention.

Best Practices for Integration

To effectively integrate technology into your health and counseling services, consider these best practices:

  1. Evaluate and Select: Choose apps and online resources that are evidence-based and have proven efficacy. Collaborate with technology experts to ensure they meet your institution’s privacy and security standards.

You can learn more about protecting students’ data here.

  1. Promote Awareness: Actively promote these resources through campus campaigns, social media, and during sessions with students. The more aware students are of the available tools, the more likely they will use them.
Download the guide: 22 Innovative Ways to Promote Campus Resources.
  1. Feedback and Improvement: Regularly seek student feedback regarding their experiences with these technologies. Use this feedback to improve and adapt your digital health and wellness offerings continuously.

Key Takeaways

Incorporating technology into college health and counseling services is a powerful way to enhance support and improve student wellness. By leveraging wellness apps, online resources, and telehealth, colleges can provide comprehensive, accessible, and effective care. Embracing these modern tools not only meets the current needs of students, but also prepares your institution to navigate the evolving landscape of digital health.

Learn how you can make teletherapy sustainable for your campus here.