Telemedicine is adopted worldwide and is surging. There are numerous benefits of telemedicine and positive impacts of telemedicine in healthcare worldwide. According to the health reports, telemedicine grew by 53% in the past two years.
Telemedicine improves patient outcomes by increasing access to care and medical information and offers a way for healthcare professionals to consult with other physicians without having to leave their facilities. By using virtual care such as phone calls, online meetings, emails, and mobile apps, healthcare professionals can diagnose and treat patients without traveling long distances and there is no need for in-person hospital visits. Telemedicine is being used worldwide and the world has experienced that it is only now that telemedicine is beginning to take a place in the field of health care delivery.
Here are the benefits that how telemedicine impact worldwide include,
Convenient and easy to access care
Telemedicine is using worldwide because it delivers health care services to patients in remote and rural areas. It also offers a solution for a problem such as a shortage of medical professionals and health care facilities. The use of telemedicine has expanded to reach patients even in urban areas who are leading busy lifestyles. The HIPPA stands for health insurance portability and accountability act of 1996 is the U.S. federal law. It sets the standards for the protection and privacy of a patient’s personal health information. Patients can easily connect with their health care providers and medical professionals with HIPPA mobile health apps and secure messaging solutions. Furthermore, they can easily access remote monitoring and online management systems.
The most positive impact on patient’s healthcare is that the telemedicine technologies allow them to share real-time medical information such as blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs to their physicians in case of emergencies.
Reduced healthcare costs
Telemedicine helps patients, medical providers, employers, and insurers reduce health care costs and in saving their money. Due to virtual meetings, no need for unnecessary traveling or visiting the physician for checkups or some simple health issues such as sore throat, colds, flu, and skin rashes all these can eliminate by using telehealthcare services that help patients in saving their money on transportation and other expenses. According to the American hospital association (AHA), a remote patient monitoring program in the U.S. saved 11% in costs and increased the return of investments (ROI). Telemedicine health care services help employers to save money and time by reducing absences from work and expenses from hospital bills.
Better access to specialists
Telemedicine improves patient better access to specialists and also widens the patient population for a specialist. It helps them from overcoming geographic limits and expanding their reach. The National rural health association (NRHA) in the U.S., states that there are 30 specialists available for 100,000 patients in rural and remote areas. Patients in rural and remote areas endure longer travels just to access specialists.
Improved health outcomes & better care quality
Medical issues quickly address through real-time urgent consultation within minutes and provide patients with quality care when they need it. Telemedicine provides care that is patient-centered to improve health outcomes and better care quality. Remote monitoring programs offer better care to patients who are out of reach from medical providers and specialists. According to the American hospital association (AHA), the patients who were enrolled in the remote monitoring program were 23% & less likely to be admitted to a hospital.
Increased patient engagement
Nowadays patients are liking more tech-savvy and becoming even more aware of their health. Telemedicine helps in increasing patient engagement with the rise and wide variety of health care applications available today. It is increasing patients’ engagement by helping them to maintain checkups appointments and care schedules. Telemedicine provides online consultations that make it easier for patients to reach out to their physicians, early report warning signs and other health concerns. Hence, it helps patients to follow through on their appointments.
Telemedicine increases access to healthcare for patients who are living in rural and remote areas. It provides high-quality healthcare services to patients who are facing mobility difficulties. There is a very positive impact of telemedicine worldwide as it provides convenience and easy access to healthcare services. Therefore, it helps in reducing healthcare costs and saves time for patients thereby improving healthcare services and better care outcomes. Telemedicine enables healthcare practices to a much broader set of patients than to those living locally.