The focus of telemedicine has shifted over the years. What was once all about HOW medical professionals reached their patients has now moved on to WHAT they are communicating to their patients through this technology.
With the evolution of the tools clinicians use and have at their disposal, communicating via phone, computer, video or other is no longer an issue. It is the way they are using these tools that has put telemedicine at the forefront of medicine today.
What Are Clinicians Using Telemedicine for?
With the wide expanse of digital technology at our disposal, healthcare professionals are increasingly using them to provide care to patients who need it most.
Patients who live in remote locations can get the quality care they deserve through telemedicine. It also allows clinicians to expand their practice hours, letting people book appointments at times that fit their needs and lifestyle.
Moreover, telemedicine provides a great way to appeal to patients, all the while increasing revenue in the process. As refill requests and after-hours urgent calls can result in non-billable events for doctors, telemedicine helps promote continuity of care, patient retainment and care coordination.
Patients are approaching their healthcare much differently these days, making it harder for physicians and clinics to cater to their evolving needs. Telemedicine is a great way to retain and gain new patients by appealing to their way of living: on the go, quick and easy.
Why Are Patients Requesting Telemedicine?
As telemedicine is used for non-emergency issues, patients can benefit from the convenience of its flexible hours and possible weekend appointment offerings, increasing access to care for many, especially in remote areas.
In an effort to cut down on costs and time linked to in-office visits, patients are looking into ways that will not only increase their care offering, but that of their loved ones as well.
In fact, according to an American Well 2017 Consumer Survey, people who are willing to use telemedicine would most likely use them for the following:
Chronic care management
Middle of the night care
With great benefits that go beyond the typical check-ups, telemedicine appeals to patients in more ways than one, allowing them to take control of their health. This explains the growing interest and demand for telemedicine.
Telemedicine: Catering to the “Convenience of Now”
See how telemedicine has evolved over the years to cater to today’s population and how it can seamlessly fit into your workflow, providing countless benefits to you, your practice and your patients.