In today’s society you can not live without technology. It has elevated convenience, connection and communication to a whole new level. The use of technology has become part of every aspect of life. This translates to the assumption that Tech solutions thrive in healthcare as well. That voices out in questions such as
Why can’t I just email my doctor? Why is it troublesome to transfer my medical information? Why can’t I check the doctor’s schedule to book an appointment?
Telemedicine is the answer to these questions. Telemedicine permits communication between patient and carer from a distance in any form of technology. Think of video conferencing, smartphone applications, online management and booking systems. The aim is to provide healthcare and health information digitally with more ease.
The demand is high in enabling telemedicine software to make healthcare more convenient and accessible. To express the demand in numbers, 74% of the patients have indicated to opt for telehealth services (1)
With the popularity of telemedicine rising, doctors and hospitals are missing out on the benefits that telemedicine has to offer. Here are the benefits of telemedicine, that makes the investment worth it.
Boost revenue & Save costs
When talking about costs, return on investment will pop into mind. Telemedicine has many ways of boosting revenue and saving unnecessary costs. The doctor can bill video calls that take less time than a physical visit. They can see more patients in a day. This is possible since telemedicine can streamline workflows and improve productivity. Certain tasks can also be automated. Attracting more patients fills up your days easily. An online presence of your practice offering telemedicine can help with that. On the saving side, there is a possibility to compensate for loss in profit of no-shows and last-minute cancellations. The convenience of video calls is therefore a great service to continue patient flow.
Improve work/life balance of doctors
Our modern lifestyles crave for work flexibility. ‘The new ways of working’ demands for a location- and time-independent job. With telemedicine, as a doctor you can improve work/life balance by consulting their patients from home or by working outside the traditional hours. Eliminating frustrations from location and waiting, satisfies both the doctor and the patient.
Satisfy & Engage patients
Patients will be satisfied with a practice that offers telemedicine as an additional service. It provides them the convenience to access healthcare. Teleconsultation can take away hurdles that patients experience with visiting the doctor: long waiting hours, transportation costs and commuting times, finding a time slot in busy schedules et cetera. On top of the convenience, patients tend to be more engaged with their treatment. They are more likely to take ownership on their health and commit to the online booked appointments.
Continue quality of care
An important benefit that telemedicine offers, is the continuation of care. Following up with your patient is crucial to check-up on their health and spot issues early on. Frequent check-ups also improves the patient’s engagement in their health journey. Patients will put the doctor’s advice into action. Readmissions can thereby be prevented and save on unnecessary costs. Improved patient’s outcomes contributes to the evaluation of quality of care in your practice.