There are many reasons telemedicine adoption is becoming more common for medical practices across the country. At the rate the use of video and remote technologies are being adopted, doctors and clinicians who fail to implement at least a partial telemedicine component within their practice are going to be left behind.
For patients, this trend is, overall, a good thing. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that not only can it work on a large scale, but that doctors and patients alike can thrive while using it.
The Benefits Are Numerous, for Doctors and Patients Alike
Telemedicine shows a lot of promise, from giving patients better access to care to allowing clinicians to find new revenue streams. Here are just some of the reasons telemedicine adoption is critical for medical practices today.
Improved Access and Accessibility
For patients living in rural or isolated settings, telehealth services are key to getting the care they need. Those who have difficulty getting around can also benefit from practices that implement telemedicine services. Medical practices that offer telemedicine are able to cater to a larger pool of patients and help their communities in ways they couldn’t before.
Cost Savings and Added Revenue Streams
The cost of healthcare in the United States is a real problem that isn’t going away anytime soon. However, patients who have access to telemedicine services can benefit from the cost savings that it offers and offset other costs of care. On a larger scale, hospitals and large practices that have adopted telemedicine have reported that it helps them reduce their overall costs, which often lowers the price for patients.
How does it work? With other care options like telemedicine, patients often have shorter hospital stays and lower travel costs.
More Complete Care
Telemedicine adoption also helps doctors provide their patients with more complete care. When patients can more easily connect with their care providers, they are less likely to miss follow-up appointments. Other monitoring technologies, such as apps that help with medication compliance, are also useful for clinicians who need to monitor their patients.
When patients have questions, they can simply connect with their provider remotely during a telemedicine appointment. Whether they are at home, at the office, or on vacation, patients can get in touch with their doctors from virtually anywhere.
Is Telemedicine Adoption Part of Your Practice’s Growth Strategy?
It can be difficult to adopt new technologies and implement them in your practice, but the benefits often outweigh the effort it takes. If you are thinking about taking the first step toward telemedicine adoption, let me help.
As a physician who has vast experience in the area of telehealth, I am well suited to help you and your team navigate how to implement the technology that you choose. Want to learn more? Get in touch with me today to set up a consultation. I am ready and waiting to guide you on this exciting journey!