Telemedicine Practice Trends

Telemedicine Practice Trends

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, November 19, 2018

According to Foley’s Telemedicine and Digital Health Survey, telemedicine has spread rapidly throughout healthcare, fueled by surging demand among patients and providers. Hospitals, specialty clinics, and all other healthcare organizations are now embracing telemedicine’s potential to provide high-quality services and generate revenue regardless of geographical distributions. Health organizations are moving aggressively to implement telemedicine-based offerings for high-demand services.

Travel time and distance are becoming a big challenge for patients to visit a doctor. This has ultimately turned out due to the emergence of telemedicine. Telemedicine effectively eliminates the time and distance barriers and benefits the patient. Quality of healthcare delivery is increasing day-by-day due to the steps were taken by telemedicine in the healthcare system. From the health survey, it was derived that with telemedicine, about 38 percent of the admissions declined in the hospitals, and also there was a reduction of 31 percent of readmissions. The improved efficiency in the telehealthcare systems led to low expenditures and provided adequate care to each patient. Even the travel expenses are also entirely saved, as there is no need to visit the provider’s office. Inpatient care costs are lower than traditional patients.

It is very mandatory to maintain a good and healthy relationship between the provider and patient so that high quality of healthcare can be delivered to the patient. What needs to be considered is that telemedicine should not replace the traditional doctor-patient relationship. As people prefer convenience, telemedicine provides it to patients by making healthcare functionalities simpler and flexible. The ability to be flexible and have real-time conversations with the doctor keeps a patient happier and more engaged.

Nevertheless, the influence of telemedicine in the healthcare industry is overwhelming. Today, telemedicine has proven to be successful in globally transforming accessibility and interoperability of healthcare systems. Telemedicine services are offered at very low costs that make easy healthcare accessibility for every patient.

The greater value associated with the telemedicine is achieving more patient satisfaction and allowing more involvement of the patient in the care that the patient receives. Telemedicine encompasses many legal and technical issues that must be resolved before it proliferates. More broadly, telemedicine has more potential to both catalyze and benefit from the introduction of new healthcare models. As healthcare systems evolve, telemedicine is more likely to fulfill the role in transforming healthcare by increasing the capacity of providers in several ways of patient interactions.    

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