Even though telemedicine or telehealth is still a controversial subject, there’s no denying that it’s bringing a new era for the whole healthcare system.
Telemedicine is increasing in popularity over traditional healthcare methods for various reasons and benefits, and one of them is also the fact that telecommunications use is on the rise. The aging population, surging incidents of chronic illness and also the spiraling healthcare costs are currently supporting telemedicine in becoming one of the fastest sectors which are rapidly growing in healthcare.
Here are the main novelties that telemedicine can bring to the traditional healthcare in order to improve it.
New ways of delivering medical advice and healthcare
Telemedicine industry is currently expanding beyond the limits of interactions between physicians and patients into entirely new ways to provide healthcare and medical advice. Telehealth basically involves a video component, and through it, patients can get medical physical or mental health advice remotely. More than that, people can now receive more convenient and extended access to healthcare services.
Telemedicine involves delivering healthcare services remotely, and patients can talk to their doctors remotely about various health issues that they are experiencing. Even if at first, traditional healthcare has been really shy regarding the acceptance of the subject, more and more experts are currently trained to learn the new ways of telemedicine which involve dealing with patients remotely and building a relationship based on trust.
Patients prefer direct-to-consumer telemedicine services
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) telemedicine providers have the ability to change the traditional patient-physician relationship. A nationwide survey has already addressed the fact that professional medical organizations suggest that “telemedicine exist within the medical home” and there are more studies that aim to understand patients’ needs and preferences.
The main thing is that it’s more than obvious that patients seem to prefer this type of consult of option for getting treatment over the traditional one for a vast amount of reasons which include fewer costs, saving time and more.
Enhanced provider collaboration
This is another important aspect which shows how telemedicine can affect traditional healthcare. Better provider collaboration refers to enhanced collaboration between physicians and nursing staff and physician consultation with specialists.
Medical collaboration includes more than video; it can also include phone calls, texting, and emails as well.
The benefits for patients via telemedicine cannot be highlighted enough.
First of all, people can enjoy better overall results because they can get faster access to required experts. Telemedicine’s remote consultations and monitoring will also trigger the effective management of health-related conditions.
Another aspect that benefits patients via telemedicine is the fact that it has more advanced solutions compared to the ones offered by the traditional healthcare system and more patients can reach experts, with fewer costs, even the ones in rural areas which usually have more difficult access to health therapists.
Telemedicine brings impressive benefits for patients, medical experts and for the overall healthcare system. Things are only expected to get even better with the fast advancements in technology including artificial intelligence and more. We’ll just have to wait and see just how far things can be pushed in the medical sector as well.
Patrick Supernaw is the lead editor for Great Lakes Ledger. Patrick has written for many publications including The Huffington Post and Vanity Fair. Patrick is based in Ottawa and covers issues affecting his city. In addition to his severe hockey addiction, Pat also enjoys kayaking and can often be found paddling the Rideau Canal. Contact Pat here