“As the world evolves, it is expected that younger healthcare professionals who prefer the flexibility that telemedicine provides will continue the push for decentralisation by opening their telemedicine practices in droves.”
Fremont, CA: The world is becoming more ‘global,’ or in simple terms, more connected. And with knowledge and technology increasing at such a rapid pace, there is no sign of our rapid progress slowing down anytime soon. Telemedicine is one of the industries benefiting from the rapid advancement of the technology and information. Telemedicine is the pinnacle of technology-driven healthcare, serving as a literal lifeline for millions, if not billions of individuals living in rural areas who lack access to skilled medical facilities. In some ways, telemedicine follows the trend of all recent technological breakthroughs in that it provides a service that patients can get in the palm of their hands.
Let's look at a few telemedicine industry trends for today and the future with that in mind.
Better Technology and Healthcare Apps
Telemedicine allows you to speak with a skilled medical specialist while seated comfortably at homes, still in your pyjamas. With app culture so pervasive in our society, we expect to see improved telemedicine apps that vastly improve patient-provider communication. You can also expect to see apps that customise your information and that you can access with a swipe of your finger.
A Rise in Decentralised Healthcare
Healthcare professionals are increasingly leaving major hospital complexes to establish modest community-based practices. This trend is characterised by large hospitals that provide increasingly specialised services in dispersed locations. As the world evolves, it is expected that younger healthcare professionals who prefer the flexibility that telemedicine provides will continue the push for decentralisation by opening their telemedicine practices in droves.
Fewer Trips to the Emergency Room
If you sprain your ankle, there is little you can do. That will almost certainly necessitate a trip to the emergency department. However, the accessibility and convenience of telemedicine make it simpler to get treatable conditions looked at and diagnosed long before they necessitate a trip to the emergency room.