The increasing role of consumerism and value-based reimbursement in healthcare has led hospitals and health systems to stress new ways of interacting with their patients to engage them in self-care.
Fremont, CA: Telehealth is fuelled by digital technologies that allow us to re-imagine a doctor's visit as a home call without travel. The idea of a virtual visit has been around for decades, and telemedicine has been deployed across specialties and service lines, from primary care to radiology, to cardiology to orthopaedics.
Improves Patient Engagement in Remote Monitoring
The increasing role of consumerism and value-based reimbursement in healthcare has led hospitals and health systems to stress new ways of interacting with their patients to engage them in self-care.Treating patients proactively requires clinicians to teach patients how to take care of themselves between clinical visits. With an increase in chronic health conditions, the use of telehealth for remote monitoring is only one way for medical providers to improve outcomes while still cutting costs.Telehealth is used today to report patient metrics from the comfort of the patient's home, while remote teams act as coaches and counsellors as they engage patients on their own journey to health.
Extends Access to Care and Reaches More Patients
We know that there is an increasing medical shortage; telehealth can help to expand our network of providers in new ways to increase access to care. Telehealth can be used to reach patients in rural areas and outside normal care systems.The tool can be used for mid-level patient education, as well as for medical diagnosis, to reach a wide range of people in new ways.
Increases Practical Revenue
In addition to reducing overhead costs per visit, telehealth is less time-consuming for both the patient and the provider. Telehealth can allow physicians to charge for uncompensated phone calls while also extending the hours to allow more time to be charged.Telehealth reduces no-shows and can improve the effectiveness of the practise. Telehealth can also offer a competitive advantage, attracting and retaining more patients with new models of care.