The inefficient nature of traditional healthcare provision can lead to a lot of frustration and dissatisfaction among those in receipt of care, this brings into sharp focus the benefits that are there to be gained from telehealth for patients.
Traditional care provision suffers due to long standing institutional techniques and behaviors. It can lead to consequences such as:
Telehealth is defined as using telecommunications technologies to improve health care, public health and health education delivery and support. It includes a wide range of different ways to provide virtual medical, health, and education services.
The main three methods for providing telehealth are:
Hospitals and health systems are always trying to identify new ways to communicate with their patients without requiring them to attend an appointment physically. Telehealth can be implemented to track patient metrics remotely. This allows remote care teams to guide and advise patients as they make their way towards improved health.
Telehealth can allow medical specialists to grow their patient base further afield with longer opening hours, greater accessibility and a broader customer base.
Clinical workflows are much more efficient, allowing for speedier prioritization of care delivery, triaging each case and enhancing communication through recording, saving, and implementing patient data for improved medical decision-making.
There is better access for patients in rural areas using Telehealth. This tool can be implemented in relation to mid-level patient training and also for physician diagnosis.
Physicians can extend hours to create more billable hours. This eliminates no-shows and generally enhances the efficiency of a practice. Telehealth can also allow for a competitive advantage, attracting and retaining more patients with new types of treatment.
Patients invest a considerable amount of cash in healthcare. Cost can be cut through Telehealth in relation to travel, parking, childcare, and taking time off work. These requirements are eliminated.
SaaS telehealth applications are low cost to configure are cut the cost of conducting a consultation for a clinic
Telehealth improves healthcare quality, particularly in rural locations, thanks to better service delivery and enhanced treatment of acute conditions.
A patient survey conducted by the nationwide chain of CVS Minute Clinics indicated thgat around a 99% satisfaction score was recorded in relation to telehealth sessions
Typically telehealth experiences just half the amount of no-show by patients compared to in-person sessions.
While telehealth does not seek to completely restructure the healthcare sector it can efficiently and safely address some chronic issues in the current healthcare environment. As technology improves so does the provision of telehealth as each new year sees clearer new technology introduced.