Visiting the doctor in the modern world shouldn’t be the same as it was 50 years ago, that’s where telehealth steps in.
Not only does it embrace all of today’s technology, telehealth can save time, cut costs, and make healthcare more accessible.
You’ve probably heard the word telehealth once or twice before and you’re going to hear it a lot more in the coming year. Telehealth is simply where technology meets healthcare. It’s also called telemedicine, e-health, and mobile health. It allows your patients easier access online with user-friendly portals, online support groups, online communication and e-visits.
An e-visit is a doctor’s appointment that’s done online instead of at the office; this lets the sick stay home, which reduces contamination and complication risks. Patients answer questions online, list their symptoms and it is sent to the healthcare provider who promptly reviews it and gives a response.
A recent study found that telehealth can save millions of dollars in various ways, including lowering the costs of patient co-pays. The more convenient way to get care also helps doctors cut costs by eliminating the risk of no-show appointments. Telehealth is also successful when it comes to getting healthcare to people in rural areas like Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. Without it, those people wouldn’t have easy access or would have to travel far to be seen by a doctor.
Telehealth can be a great asset to healthcare organizations because it reduces cost, increases access, and puts healthcare professionals where they are needed most, in front of patients. Telehealth is a critical component in the expansion of the healthcare industry, and the best way you can spread excellent care.