While telehealth visits cannot replace all face-to-face appointments, they are a good substitute for many types of patient visits. Telemedicine is being used more than ever because of the pandemic but there is reason to believe the telemedicine trend will continue. For that reason alone, practices and hospitals should be expanding care to include virtual appointments. A telehealth training program is an excellent way to help your physicians adopt this practice.
Beyond the fact that telehealth is likely here to stay, here are three other reasons why your physicians should attend a telehealth training program.
#1: Telemedicine is more convenient for patients
We came into medicine to help as many people as possible. Telehealth appointments are a convenient way for patients to attend important appointments, enabling us to help them from the comfort of their homes. The burden of commuting, scheduling child care, or missing work is gone. This makes it less likely that patients will miss vital visits.
Telehealth also expands access to those who haven’t had convenient health care before. Namely, rural patients who live far away from their nearest physician. Their commute time grows even larger when they have to travel to specialists in urban areas. Through telehealth, we can make healthcare a more accessible service.
#2: Telemedicine is cost-effective for physicians and hospitals
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of telemedicine is the time and money saved. We can expend fewer resources while still providing high-quality care. The technology needed to implement telehealthcare costs little to implement. Even better is that virtual visits generally cost less, increasing the amount of money patients and physicians save.
Since telehealth appointments are less time-consuming, physicians have more time to see more patients. Doctors can charge for these virtual appointments and increase their billable hours. Since patients are more likely to attend their telehealth visits, this cuts down on the costs associated with no-shows.
#3: Telemedicine improves patient follow-up care
After big health scares, many patients might go to emergency rooms for minor issues. Part of the reason why is the quality of follow-up care. Follow-up appointments, especially if there are several, can be inconvenient for patients to attend. They have to miss work or make arrangements multiple times. With telehealth, they might only need to do that once.
Follow-up appointments can be done virtually. Telehealth already makes it more likely that patients will attend their visits. This makes it easier for physicians to stay in contact with patients after their initial appointment. They can monitor how a condition is progressing and if medication needs to be adjusted. Patients will not be exposing themselves to diseases in emergency rooms and hospitals incur less costs as a result.
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COVID-19 has changed the medical landscape for physicians. This requires you to adapt your practice to patients’ needs during this time — which means adopting telemedicine.
Need help implementing virtual care initiatives? Schedule a call with me today so we can discuss how you and your practice can delve into the telehealth space.