4 Reasons Telemedicine is the Future of Healthcare

 

From what was originally developed to treat patients in difficult-to-reach rural locations, telemedicine has grown exponentially by providing a more efficient method of healthcare. How fast is this field growing? PwC reports that analysts expect the global market for telemedicine to exceed $30 billion by 2020.

With more than half of consumers open to virtual healthcare visits, there are many advantages of telemedicine. Here are five of the most significant reasons why telemedicine is the future of healthcare.

nordwood-themes-469906-unsplash-5ce7106edd0f5-300x200.jpg

1. FLEXIBILITY

Having an in-house medical professional at your spa can often mean high costs and a lack of flexibility. The number of clients you can see is restricted by the number of professionals you can have at the office, and you’re often simply lacking in time to see all your clients. However, communicating with a medical provider through video offers an enormous increase in flexibility.

Telemedicine obviously reduces travel and wait time in the doctor’s office. This convenience could also allow more people to keep up regular doctor appointments. Everything from virtual visits with general physicians to consultations with specialists stationed around the globe can be conveniently provided for patients.

2. IMPROVED MEDICAL EFFICIENCY

Telemedicine facilitates collaboration among medical providers, which ultimately increases efficiency. If a patient has been advised to see a specialist regarding a particular health issue, the visit to the specialist can be conducted via telemedicine. After viewing the patient’s medical records and discussing the issue online, the specialist may decide that further care is unnecessary, thus saving the amount of time and money that would have been involved in an actual office visit. On the other hand, the specialist may immediately recommend the patient be admitted into the hospital, preventing the patient from worsening in the time it would have taken to schedule an actual visit.

Being able to examine and communicate with patients online enables medical providers to work together, providing higher levels of patient care. For example, video conferencing at a medical spa between a provider, the client and a facilitator can take place with all three individuals communicating at once. Or in the context of medicine in general, the practitioner, patient and specialist can all be present throughout the consultation. This smooth transition of continuous care makes it more likely that the patient will follow through and see the specialist, and ultimately provides higher quality patient care.

3. BETTER PATIENT CARE

Being able to examine and communicate with patients online enables medical providers to work together, providing higher levels of patient care. For example, video conferencing at a medical spa between a provider, the client and a facilitator can take place with all three individuals communicating at once. Or in the context of medicine in general, the practitioner, patient and specialist can all be present throughout the consultation. This smooth transition of continuous care makes it more likely that the patient will follow through and see the specialist, and ultimately provides higher quality patient care.

4. INCREASED REVENUE

The cost-effectiveness of being able to see and communicate with patients digitally is substantial. Telemedicine can reduce ER trips and readmissions by making healthcare more accessible.

Virtual appointments can also reduce the number of cancellations and no-shows at the medical spa, which often costs businesses a significant amount of money each year. By using telemedicine you are attracting new patients while increasing your patient count throughout the day. Plus, with relatively low upfront and overhead costs, healthcare organizations quickly see a return on their telemedical investment.

Telemedicine provides not only improved convenience and quality of care for patients but drives revenue growth and supports health professionals. As technology continues to advance and insurance companies get on board with coverage, telemedicine will almost certainly continue to expand. Has your medical spa looked into telemedicine? Please call us at (833) 416-9464 for a free consultation.