….. however the twain shall meet (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling).
I have recently had the unusual experience of making East and West meet in my homeopathic practice. Having been called away from India to the US on urgent business, I was left with no option but to be available to my patients in the clinic half way across the world using Skype video call.
My first session was filled with trepidation since I was not sure how well this would work and how it would be received by my patients in my consulting room in India. However, as the patients came in one by one at their appointed time, I realised that technology has made us global citizens- or rather it had made me a global consultant.
With my able assistant available in the office to receive the patients’ case history and examine them, it became really easy to prescribe remotely. To my surprise, the patients were also receptive to this ‘arrangement’ and were very happy that they were actually able to see me and talk to me and did not have to rely on a locum for their treatment. They were even able to get homeopathic treatment for their acute complaints from their doctor who was far, far away.
My assistant who is a fully qualified registered homeopath is still on a learning curve and I have also been able to ‘teach’ her the intricacies of homeopathic prescribing through web conferencing. I can share files from my computer through Skype and so it has been easy to open my trusted homeopathic software and share my screen with her to let her know why I prescribed a certain remedy.
This method of practice has opened up great opportunities- I am now available for ‘face to face’ consultations online with clients from all over the US and also from other countries. With Google+ now offering upto 10 video conferences at the same time, I can see great possibilities in my practice. My wife and I can work with a patient at the same time- and the patient lives happily ever after.
The only flip side for me- India being half way across the world means that my sleep pattern in the US has been modified.
However, if I can help my patients with my skills even when I am thousands of miles away, I think the sleep deprivation is justified.
- Masala Homeopathy (homeopathicure.wordpress.com)