There are many ways by which the availability of telemedicine has improved the outcomes of any medical ailment, be it major or minor, as compared to the conventional method of consulting a doctor. Some of the ways are as follows:

Lessen readmissions: Let’s face it: patients hardly know when they really require follow-up care and arrive at a point where they require more treatment as they’ve been ignoring themselves. Through telemedicine, the recovery and symptoms of these patients can be monitored. Telemedicine also manages chronic diseases to decrease readmissions and mitigate travel times.

Boost patient engagement: Heard it once, heard it a thousand times – patients hardly want to, or cannot, take out time for a physical visit to the doctor. At times, it’s an issue of taking time off work; at times, they are apprehensive of traffic, and at times, they cannot leave their kids at home. In this method, the patients need to book slots on their own as per their own convenience. Patients feel more with you when they perceive that you are engaged with them. So, it’s a better way: meeting them where they are, on their own mobile devices.

Increase efficiency: Think of a world where patients check themselves in, update their own health reports, pay the charges, and furnish all of the required information quickly, and remotely. Such tasks when removed from the workload of a clinic or hospital, the care that it offers to its patients gets improved, consequently improving outcomes.

Real-time medical care: Real-time Telemedicine is referred to as two-way video or audio communication between doctors and their patients. This method can be extremely useful for psychiatric monitoring and post-surgical follow-ups, among other uses. It is no longer only a method for consulting with a professional. It certainly is beneficial for everyone.  

Remote Video Observation: Remote Video Observation of a patient extends useful features by catching vital signs that may imply a necessity for intervention, video conferencing options, and alarms that sound at the nurse’s station. While there are several uses for remote observations, some care models that gain from this are post-hospital care, assisted living facilities, and disease management.

Providing telecare services can establish control back in your patients’ hands by assigning them to scan their own health and manage their care. When your patients are more engaged in their own care, they improve because of their own actions and waste less time coming back to the clinic or hospital. If you’re planning to implement a telemedicine strategy in your organization, study and survey your patients to find out if they would seek care more repeatedly when telemedicine providers are more readily accessible to them.

 

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