10 Benefits of Telemedicine for Both Healthcare Providers and Their Patients
Telemedicine is one of the key cardiovascular health technologies that doctors ought to know about in an era when medicine is fast going digital. That in and of itself is amazing news because telemedicine makes diagnosis, treatment and patient care more efficient, less costly, and more accessible. But that isn’t the only advantage that comes with increased proliferation of telemedicine.
1) Telemedicine Comes to the Rescue of Rural Patients
According HealthcareWeekly, more than 12 million Americans live in at least one of the 6,000 designated rural areas in the country, with most of them being the elderly, veterans, and the uninsured. Needless to say, access to healthcare is a serious issue for these rural groups. That’s where telemedicine comes to the rescue. It helps bridge the gap by providing rural patients with around-the-clock access to healthcare providers.
2) Reduced Exposure to Illness
Healthcare practitioners are often more prone to exposure to diseases from patients. As a matter of fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) puts those who work in healthcare facilities at greater risk for developing contagious diseases like flu. By the virtue of reducing the actual hospital visits (and perhaps hospital admissions), telemedicine can help reduce this exposure. In fact, patients can also benefit from not having to visit a hospital.
3) Telemedicine Reduces Healthcare Costs
Getting health attention from a hospital is no cheap affair. But with remote monitoring, analysis, diagnosis, treatment, and patient care, telemedicine can help bring down healthcare costs by a huge margin. It can also help healthcare facilities reduce costs. In fact, a recent report by the American Hospital Association revealed that an effective telemedicine program that reduces hospital running costs by up to 11 percent and triple return on investment for investors. As such, telemedicine is a win-win for healthcare practitioners and patients. Even renown cardiologist Simon Stertzer, the father of modern heart surgery, has recently mentioned in a podcast how telemedicine technologies are bound to reduce healthcare costs while improving health outcomes.
4) Offers More Flexible Options
Telemedicine provides more flexible options for diagnosis, treatment, and patient care. Practitioners can provide health care through mobile apps, web platforms, videoconferencing, remote-monitoring devices, and so on.
5) Enhances Practice Workflow and Efficiency
Improving clinical workflow and efficiency is an underlying issue for most hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Telemedicine provides an all-encompassing platform where facilities can prioritize care delivery, step up communications, improve diagnosis, and use patient real-time data for better and more enhanced treatment decisions. When combined with nifty technologies like AI, Big Data, and Analytics, they can easily get insights on how to improve performance and ramp up patient satisfaction.
6) Increases the Quality of Healthcare
If well-implemented, telemedicine can improve treatment of chronic conditions and service delivery, particularly in rural area. More crucially, telehealth can be leveraged to reduce unnecessary Emergency Room visits.
7) Helps Tackle No-Show Problems
It’s no secret that no-shows are a huge issue for hospitals, especially when they have to turn away more deserving patients. No-shows not only put hospitals under financial strains but can also compromise the quality of care and service delivery. Take Nebraska Children’s Hospital, for instance. The state of the art facility cut no-show rates by half just by adopting a telehealth targeted service.
8) Telehealth is Now Covered by Most Insurers
For the patient, embracing telemedicine is a no-brainer when it’s covered by their insurance company. Good news is that 34 states (including District of Columbia) now require private insurance companies to cover telemedicine.
9) Sharing Medical Records Becomes Easy
Telemedicine makes it effortless to gather or record, store, and share a patient history and other medical records.
10) Better Engagement
With telemedicine, the patient is more engaged in their health and take a proactive approach to their overall well-being.