In this day and age, technology has continued to advance. The terms telemedicine and telehealth are becoming more and more popular. However, there are some people who are unclear of what these terms mean or even what they are. Some people don’t even know what these terms entail and what the benefits of telehealth services are. Telehealth has helped many people overcome barriers that are often times caused by patients and providers, fragmentation or lack of care due to time gaps in between appointments, having access to transportation and even there being a lack of valid providers. Telemedicine has brought about several benefits to people everywhere, and here are a few of them.
Access to Care Some people don’t have any providers or access to transportation to get to a provider in their area. Some providers are out of their radius and this can limit care and access to it. However, telemedicine can help overcome these boundaries, especially for more specialized providers such as telepsych and more. For those of you who live in under-served areas or where clinics are limited, telemedicine can be beneficial.
Improved Care Quality This is especially beneficial to those who suffer with mental issues as well as your everyday medical conditions. Telemedicine has been proven to increase quality of care which in turn has decreased hospital admissions by 38%. Patients also were 63% more likely to spend less time in the ER or hospital. More and more patients are seeing an improved quality in their care with access to telemedicine and telepsych services. Mental health is so important, and yet this is one area that lacks in having enough providers nearby.
Reduced Costs in Healthcare Seeing your provider over the computer can really help with saving you money. You get quality care face-to-face with your provider and because you aren’t transporting from one facility to the next you can save as much as 19% of the cost. Telemedicine seems to be becoming a popular choice for people especially these days. You can take advantage of the same care and even get prescriptions sent to you pharmacy as if you were in a doctor office all from the comfort of your own home! Contact us today to learn more about how telehealth can benefit you!