We’ve slowly started living our entire lives digitally since the turn of this century. Everything from the computers we use to the phones we carry has become more compact and efficient than ever before in the history of mankind. We’ve started eliminating a lot of unnecessary physical chores from our day-to-day existence, and in turn learned to save time for ourselves.
Our workspaces have become more mobile, flexible, and free; human longevity has increased significantly; and accessibility to services from across the globe has improved drastically.
It is no surprise then, that these benefits of digital progress and innovation have cascaded into the sphere of medicine and healthcare. The effects we’re seeing are impressive, to say the least.
We’ve found us a way to access doctors, dentists, psychiatrists, and other healthcare professionals remotely, from anywhere in the world, at affordable prices, with great flexibility and ease; all thanks to the growing impact of telehealth.
Telehealth is in fact a broad term that essentially comprises of the large gamut of technologies and services involved in conducting remote patient care and healthcare, healthcare related administrative activities, remote training for healthcare professionals, and even continuing medical education.
Telemedicine can best be understood as a subset of telehealth whose end user is the patient. Telemedicine is the delivery of remote clinical services to patients. With the use of advanced healthcare software and digitally enhanced electronic communications, telemedicine allows doctors to provide consultations to patients without in-person visits.
Some of the benefits of Telemedicine are:
1. EASE OF ACCESS: Telemedicine enables patients to consult the most reputed doctors for specific health issues and disorders, no matter where their clinics are.
2. REGULAR MONITORING: With telemedicine, doctors can monitor their patients’ health on a more regular basis through digital follow-ups. This also facilitates the management of chronic disorders and serious health-related issues.
3. SAVES TIME & MONEY: Patients no longer need to take much time off work to commute all the way to a clinic and back, in order to access good healthcare. Because of telemedicine, patients also save money on commuting or even travelling out of town to meet specialists.
4. REDUCED RISK: Patients can avoid contact with other patients, thereby eliminating the risk of contracting contagious diseases from hospitals.
5. INCREASES EFFICIENCY: Doctors can save significant money on overheads. Because telemedicine allows them to be more efficient, doctors can also earn higher revenues by conducting more consultations
6. REDUCED CANCELLATIONS: Patients are less likely to cancel appointments, because of the ease and convenience provided by telemedicine software.
7. SPECIALISED CONSULTATION: Primary healthcare consultants can forward their patients’ health related data in the form of images and videos, to specialists in any corner of the world. This aspect of telemedicine ensures that the patient gets second and third opinions with ease.