What Is Telemedicine
In this era of technology, there is hardly a field left out of technological intervention, and the medical field is no exception. The healthcare industry is changing constantly with its application, services, implementations and is advancing to higher heights. Still, the medical healthcare has limited coverage. If you are away from home, traveling, or reside away from the urban area, receiving a proper healthcare can be difficult. So what do we do? The answer is itself facilitated by the technology in the form of ‘Telemedicine’. What is telemedicine? Telemedicine is an innovative application of telecommunication technology for the provision of medical treatment. Consider it as an upgrade for medical practices available today, that gives you the power to access to medical services and information regardless the place you are at. Let us look at the top three factors that reveal Telemedicine as a revolutionary advancement in the medical field:
Why Telemedicine is Changing Healthcare
Increased Intervention speed: Time is crucial in medical treatment. The faster the diagnosis is, the faster the treatment can be inculcated. With telemedicine, the time duration required by you to reach the nearest medical facility is eliminated. It bridges the domain of a patient and a doctor in a matter of few clicks to provide early intervention and effective information. The involvement of patient increases with enhanced patient knowledge and compliance during telemedicine treatment.
Reduced Healthcare Cost: Medical treatment has always been hard on consumer’s pocket; but not anymore. Telemedicine eliminates the transportation expenses and reduces the unnecessary non-urgent ER visits. The remote assessments and monitoring services reduce health care services to a great margin without negotiating with the quality of the treatment. According to a recent report on a telemedicine program of American Hospital Association (AHA), the program saved 11% in costs and more than tripled ROI for investors.
Convenience: Convenience is the key in today’s healthcare world. Cisco Global Survey recently reported that nearly 74% of patients prefer easy access to healthcare services over in-person interactions with providers. Telemedicine has surged through all the barriers between the patient and the needed medical expertise through its technological intervention; thus becoming the most convenient form of healthcare practice. Not only the patient but also the doctors experience the convenience of telemedicine- without the usual wasted time and cost of most in-person visits. Patients living in remote locations, or homebound or not able to take off time from work, can access the medical care virtually through telemedicine. With telemedicine more patients are now able to connect to heath care professionals than ever before.