During the current global pandemic, patients might fear going to the doctor’s office. One of the most viable ways to overcome that fear is by making a telemedicine appointment. Many patients who are nervous about their virtual appointment end up pleasantly surprised.
The truth is even some physicians have questions about telemedicine. They might wonder if the quality of care they can provide will go down or if it will take too many resources to train physicians in the technology. Here are 4 reasons why telemedicine is nothing to fear.
#1: Improves Patient Satisfaction
A primary benefit is that patients feel safe at home, especially if they have chronic health conditions. The ease of access means they don’t have to commute or miss out on work either. They can “visit” you right from their home office or workplace. Fewer barriers to care means it’s less likely that your patient will be a “no show,” too.
Furthermore, many patients end up feeling more comfortable sharing personal information in the privacy of their own home. Not only does this build a patient-physician relationship, it makes for better diagnosis and treatment, too.
#2: Increases Profitability
Telemedicine helps physicians see more patients in less time. In these appointments, a patient and physician often get through a “visit” more quickly. This enables physicians to have more appointments in one day, increasing the utilization of your staff. As a result, you might need fewer staff in place than before, reducing costs for your healthcare facility.
More patients will have access to care, particularly if they are in rural or hard to reach areas. Patients who were previously unable to visit the office are now able to receive telehealth treatment. This means your patient base will grow.
#3: Decreases Hospital Readmissions
Patients might make follow-up trips to the emergency room or urgent care after a health scare or serious health concern. Many of these trips end up being non-emergency. Telemedicine makes it easier for patients to access follow-up care, particularly if they cannot go to appointments in person. It’s easier for providers to stay in ongoing contact with a patient after a health concern, reducing any fear or anxiety a patient might have.
This allows hospitals to cut down on readmission rates, saving resources for patients who need emergency care and reducing a patient’s exposure to disease.
#4: Expands Access to Specialists
Plenty of healthcare facilities need to staff multiple locations with specialists. Specialists are often in high demand but low supply, making it difficult to care for every patient who needs special care. With the barrier of transportation and location removed, telemedicine makes it easier for specialists to reach more patients.
Patients who live in remote areas, have busy schedules, or need to stay home for health concerns will be able to access specialists during the pandemic. Even patients who were simply unable to get specialist appointments will have better access to the care they need.
Implement Telemedicine in Your Practice
Telemedicine improves patient health, happiness, and access to care. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can help you add telemedicine to your practice.