Lots of people are talking about telehealth and how technology can transform the healthcare industry. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Utilizing telehealth comes with numerous benefits, which is why so many medical and mental health practices are implementing it in their workflows. Rising healthcare costs are one reason that telehealth usage is increasing. One way to reduce healthcare costs is to emphasize preventative care, allowing providers and patients to be proactive in lifestyle maintenance and care management.
For many, telehealth provides the ability to easily engage in preventative care with their doctor. Patients often neglect preventative care because of their busy schedules and competing priorities. Transportation costs and time off from work can be costly. Rural areas present greater challenges for patients who must travel long distances to access the care they need. These concerns can be easily mitigated with live video appointments on a secure telehealth platform.
By focusing on preventative care, patients become less likely to avoid addressing escalating health concerns that, left untreated, could warrant a visit to the emergency room. If an emergency room visit or hospital admission is necessary, the next goal is to reduce the likelihood that the patient will be readmitted for the same problem in the future. Because of this, follow-up care is crucial to prevent hospital readmissions.
Using a telehealth platform to hold medical appointments remotely is an excellent way to make healthcare more accessible for your patients. Because most medical visits don’t involve a scalpel and anesthesia, telehealth is a great solution. It will be easier, more convenient, and less costly for your patients to see their doctor, meaning more appointments and fewer no-shows for you.
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