The world of healthcare innovations and technology are not slowing down anytime soon. As Google, Amazon, and other large tech based corporations are making their way into healthcare, the technology used is changing as well.
Overall the progress has been subtle and slow from 3D printers to what we have now, telemedicine!
Telemedicine is a more direct version of Telehealth. The main difference between telemedicine and telehealth is that telemedicine provides clinical services.
This is a mobile application on a smartphone, tablet, or downloaded on a laptop that allows physicians to treat their patients from their desk. The patient never has to leave their house!
You can send videos, pictures, descriptions, and more for the physician to give you the best diagnosis.
If a physician thinks it needs to be examined or wants to bring you in, then you will have to leave your home and get to the doctor’s office.
A simple smartphone app can change healthcare forever? How is that possible? This is how telemedicine is currently making healthcare better.
If you are the person who is too busy to make an appointment this is for you. This is also for people who live in very rural areas where the nearest specialists is hours away. Telemedicine is known for helping rural communities with their shortage of providers and access to specialists.
This means someone in the middle of nowhere can easily get ahold of a specialist for any kind of concern with their medical condition. This also gives the busy person the ability to sit at their desk for a few minutes and speak with a physician. It works on both ends of the spectrum.
- One in five patients say they have switched doctors because of wait times
- 30-percent of patients have left a doctor appointment because of long wait time
The longer a patient waits the angier they might get. This will cause the hospital or clinic a low patient satisfaction rating.
Patient satisfaction is the primary reason a patient will keep coming back to their normal physician or specialist. If a patient waits for hours, gets treated poorly, and nothing is resolved they will obviously not return.
Telemedicine is the ultimate way for increase engagement between healthcare professionals and their patients. This is because it extends care at any time.
Telemedicine can also help with trying to spend the entire afternoon trying to get an appointment scheduled.
It allows for those hard to reach rural patients to keep up to date with their doctor. A simple check-up can be done over video chat unless blood work, testing, and other physical things need to be done.
This means patients are keeping in touch with their doctor and keeping their appointments.
Technology is not going to wait for healthcare to find its place in the tech world, nor will it slow down on its rapid advancements. Telemedicine is the future that is happening now!
As you can see, telemedicine has several benefits available for patients and healthcare professionals.
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