Healthcare is currently going through many changes, especially recently due to the pandemic. And thanks to the advancement in technology, it has made telehealth possible. But now it is being used more than ever, especially for those who are unable to easily reach proper medical care such as those in remote areas.
We know that telemedicine technology has come in handy for those who are unable to go to the doctor’s office over current safety concerns. This has become very beneficial due to many doctor offices closing their office to prevent the spread of Covid-19. But what about those who struggle all the time to get to a nearby doctor’s office? The ones who may not even have healthcare within miles? Or the ones who struggle to find transportation to and from their appointments.
This is where telehealth has really become a game-changer.
What are the Benefits of Telehealth?
There are many benefits to offering telehealth to those in remote areas who are unable to reach medical aid and to those who are unable to come to the office from time to time.
Those who live an hour away to get healthcare are always looking for solutions to save them time. With telehealth, patients can meet with their doctor in the comfort of their own home. There is no need to arrange transportation to and from, no need to take time off of work, or waste time sitting in a lobby. Patients can still receive virtual care that is efficient and effective while limiting in-person contact.
But the benefits don’t stop there. Not only is telehealth a time saver, it also costs less. Many insurance companies and physicians tend to lower telehealth rates for patients, making health care much more affordable to everyone.
Some people need to be extra careful with their compromised immune system, meaning that going to a regular doctor’s appointment can be risky. These patients now have the opportunity to skip having to go to the office and have their appointment in their home through telehealth technology.
With telehealth, physicians are able to see more patients in less amount of time. Leading telehealth to be much more efficient and reliable compared to in-person care.
Telehealth has been around for a few years now, but each year we are all learning more and more about the benefits of telehealth medicine. And, we are also learning more ways to become more efficient. With such great feedback from recent telehealth usage during the pandemic, this trend doesn’t look like it will be going away anytime soon.
How Can Patients Be Reached?
Any patient who has a Wi-Fi connection and a device such as a smartphone, iPad, or computer can easily schedule a telehealth visit with their doctor.
Patients can consult with their doctors about a diagnosis and even be treated through video and audio chat.
Physicians are trained in telehealth medicine nowadays and know what indicators to look for such as the sound of the patient’s voice, if they look pale and clammy, how they are coughing if they are slow to respond, or even if they appear to have difficulty breathing.
Telehealth appointments can be used for routine check-ups, prescription renewals, aftercare from a surgery or procedure, and even to discuss recent testing.
Those with health problems such as diabetes and heart disease need to be in contact with their physician on a regular basis. Missing appointments could cause them to fall behind on their care. Telehealth allows doctors to easily check-in with patents on a regular basis to make sure they are staying on track.
What if Patients Don’t Have Access to Wi-Fi?
There is one issue that comes up when talking about telemedicine. Not everyone has Wi-Fi or access to devices that can support telehealth applications.
The solution will still require the patient to travel, but things can be done much easier and without having to meet for an in-person appointment.
If patients have the correct device, they can drive to a nearby place that has free and secure Wi-Fi. Or if your patient needs Wi-Fi and a device, they can come to your office and sit in the parking lot. This way, they don’t even need to leave the car because a nurse can come out and give the patient the device to be used. This will still save time for your patient and limit in-person contact as well.
Of course, your practice will want to ensure that you expand your Wi-Fi range so that it can be used in the parking lot and that all devices are properly sanitized after each use.
Is Telehealth Secure?
It is a common question that pops up regarding telehealth medicine, is it safe and secure? We know that physicians must follow strict HIPPA guidelines to ensure your privacy. Just because they are offering their services to you through technology does not mean they should not adhere to these same guidelines. Even with telehealth medicine, physicians have an obligation to keep your health safe and secure.
But what about the technological aspect of things? Is it safe to have such private and sensitive conversations such as information about your health discussed over the phone and the internet? It is a legitimate fear as we have all heard of terrifying computer hacking stories.
Many companies offer only the best form of security for their telehealth platforms. HIPPA compliant telemedicine services are available and should be used by all physicians. This means that you should not use just any video or chat platform out there. Your physician must be registered with a secure platform to provide you with these health care services.
Adding Telehealth to Your Practice
With telehealth, you can turn the unthinkable into the doable. We can help you get up and running with a telehealth practice. Amplified Health can help you set up the software you need to manage telehealth services.
The patient and provider friendly telehealth software can allow providers to conduct telehealth appointments and send patients crucial reminders. Patients can access their medical records and pay any bills securely.
Built for providers, the Amplified Health Platform is there to help providers care for their patients at any place and at any time.