5 ways telemedicine will change the future of healthcare

By S. Twigg

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S. Twigg

How eager are you to take time out of your busy work day to attend a scheduled doctor’s visit – preventative or sick? That excitement merely grows when you’re using your lunch break to effectively reduce your personal time taken and you find yourself in a waiting room with the loudest, most dramatically angry stomach-rumbling audible to those in the parking lot.

Incredibly, telemedicine could eliminate this scenario entirely.

The utilization of informational technologies to provide coordinated care will lead to:

1. Instant access

A Forbes.com tech article envisioned the “revolution” of health care by means of virtual treatment.  Common health concerns “can be addressed faster and typically while still at home.” The article goes on to describe that in the future, patients will have “instant access” to a doctor or physician—no wait involved.

 

 2. After hours availability

Telemedicine programs will connect patients with physicians during non-regular hours. Generally speaking, the last thing anyone wants to do when feeling ill is put on presentable clothing to visit a medical office. The best benefit of this may be immediate access to care without having to set foot in the emergency room solely due it being after hours.

 

3. Accessibility

Polycom looks to 2025 as the year that, “primary care will be accessible to all citizens, regardless of distance thanks to the increased availability of broadband, mobile devices and applications.” Thankfully, this means rural areas, the elderly or patients otherwise unable to travel or leave their home may reap huge benefits from advances in telemedicine. NPR also recently noted telemedicine will enable basic health care for “baby boomers anywhere who want to stay in their homes instead of moving to a nursing facility when their need for health care increases.”

 

4. Reduction of out of pocket expenses

For patients and providers, care delivered via web cam, apps, phone or email makes strategic and financial sense. Telemedicine puts health management back in the patient’s control and reduces unnecessary travel and expense. As noted above, after hours availability means fewer trips to the ER – and fewer outrageous ER copays. Not to mention, consider the reduction in incidentals including sitter costs for the kids or gas money and parking garage costs involved in medical-related travel.

 

5. Reduction in use of sick/personal time

Imagine, eating lunch at lunch! Telemedicine will encourage using vacation time for an actual vacation! This, in turn, can be beneficial for employers as productivity is shown to increase when an employee’s stress level and quality of life improves. As the organization Take Back Your Time states, “ Vacations are not a luxury; they are a necessity for a well-balanced, healthy life – as important as eating well and getting exercise.”

 

Advances in healthcare technology can be intimidating but with an open mind, it’s easy to imagine how telemedicine will positively transform the future of healthcare.

OnPulse utilizes a platform connecting all clinicians involved in a patient’s care and allows the patient to oversee his or her health, as it should be. We believe a patient has a right to take an active role in monitoring and understanding the health picture as a whole.

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