Telemedicine is a billion dollar business that is becoming a trend in our connected world of convenience and crucial time management. It entails the use of electronic communications to monitor and improve a patient’s health status. In addition to saving money for patients and all providers (including insurance companies, hospitals, clinics), there is better access for everyone. Studies have shown that overall quality of care improves as patients are given more of the attention they deserve to make their healthcare experience more beneficial. . It is helpful for patients in remote areas with limited or no transportation and those with chronic conditions that limit their ability to make an in person office visit.
As telehealth develops, doctors and patients will find even greater access with connectivity via personal electronic health devices and applications (apps, for short). Telemonitoring allows patient and doctor to check and follow together such parameters as blood pressure, blood sugar, and much more in real time together. If that noon time blood sugar is too high, your doctor can be aware and advise accordingly at the time of occurrence instead of on the next appointment in 2 weeks. This alone saves the patient’s health as well as travel time, office visit wait time, and the money to do all of this. It potentially avoids an emergency room visit and hospital admission.
In addition to patient care, doctors are able to communicate in a more timely, efficient manner with other doctors and health facilities. The CT scan you had this morning is can be viewed by your doctor within minutes after completion instead of days after. Mobile collaboration allows your doctor to discuss your health case with other healthcare professionals like specialists (in the same or different locations) to determine the plan for your care. This can actually happen the same day a test is done! This eliminates delays in care that could be life threatening to a patient.
As costs for telemedicine access decrease and more insurance companies/plans reimburse, it will become the portal of choice for many patients, doctors, and other healthcare providers. Your doctor visit time can be more about you at your convenience in your home. Best health!