In the wake of the pandemic, telehealth offers many advantages for patients and is the need of the hour.
FREMONT, CA: Digital technology is redefining the way healthcare is delivered for years. Today anyone with an internet connection can get care using telehealth. Telehealth is defined as the usage of electronic information and telecommunication technology to support a variety of healthcare services. Given the current state of the country’s health, it is essential to offer virtual care options for the patients. Telehealth provides numerous advantages for patients, as well as significant benefits for healthcare providers, specifically during the pandemic.
Patients are experiencing many benefits from telehealth and telemedicine, considering the current times. Video visits are much safer and convenient for patients to be connected to their primary care doctors and specialists with no risk of germs spreading while interacting.
Here are the top benefits of telehealth for healthcare providers.
Telehealth improves patient outcomes
Management of patients with chronic conditions can be very challenging because of the time needed to monitor them. Telehealth can improve patient quality outcomes by allowing easier chronic health management via remote technology. This is specifically true for patients who live in rural areas and would not be able to access quality specialists without significant travel to distant health facilities. It is relevant now, as patients who might be at a higher risk of complications from the pandemic can minimize their exposure to the deadly virus while still receiving the care they need through technology.
Telehealth reduces costs in health care
Telemedicine helps to reduce operating costs and increases the efficiency in utilization of resources while allowing flexibility in hours of operation to meet the needs of the patient population. By delivering care utilizing telemedicine, they don’t have the same overhead costs as they do when they are seeing patients’ in-person. Some practices state saving as much as half of the cost of an on-site doctor’s office visit when a traditional on-site appointment is replaced with telemedicine. And right now, various healthcare organizations are offering discounted telemedicine services to help maintain social distancing when possible.
Telehealth cuts down on hospital readmissions
Many patients make unnecessary (and high cost) trip to the emergency room or urgent care clinics to get the care they require, especially after an acute health issue. With heightened anxiety about COVID-19 symptoms, numerous people are seeking immediate care in-person, and that is increasing their risk of exposure to something serious. Besides, educating patients about follow-up care using technology can help to reduce hospital readmissions. Adding to the cost reduction associated with lower rates of readmission, written post-discharge instructions, and ongoing communication utilizing remote monitoring can help in better managing their condition away from healthcare facilities.