Telehealth is the optimal use of technology for the delivery of healthcare services. It is also the delivery of information to improve quality and safety.
Telehealth Healthcare has become a widely known and acceptable way of receiving healthcare. During its commencement, it received many frowns and disapproval. But now, 76% of American Hospitals prefer the Telehealth way and recommend it.
TeleDoc Health Plans does the same and more.
By either phone calls or video calls, telehealth can be provided. Now the question that most would have is how can we get good quality service. There have been several precautions and steps taken:-
- Funds provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality(AHRQ)
- Hospitals encourage phones calls over re-visits in person
- Cost of Healthcare reduces due to no readmission fee
- Less admits to hospitals due to regular video/phone call
This, in such times of pandemic, is more needed and useful. Patients do not need to go to a hospital, where they could be at risk. As the hospitals flood with emergency cases, a phone call could save a lot of time and travel money.
Healthcare via technology
In the matter of how efficient will healthcare be, it is, in fact, more efficient. Yes, we might have to talk to the doctor over the phone or any other communication device. But the best perk is that we can have virtual visits more frequently than in-person meet.
- Methodical monitoring of patient
- Systematic surveillance
- Proper diagnosis as the patient is not rushed
- Considerably fast positive health service outcomes
Remote monitoring of vital signs, remote consultations, and also remote ECG/blood pressure monitoring is possible. Telehealthcare does limit itself to just providing healthcare. It also helps in medical education services. Doctors can also help with ailments ranging from an insect bite to cancer. All via communication devices. Thus retaining the safety of patients and also improving the quality of service.
If there could be any issues, it would most likely be technical glitches. For example, people in remote areas may find it harder to connect with doctors. Or they could have network issues as well. But that does not mean that telehealthcare will not be provided to them. The whole point of this program is to tackle such problems and deliver their care. This can be done by:-
- Keeping the surrounding hospitals in the loop
- Alerting the nearest emergency ward in case of an emergency
- Frequent calls or emails or even use of other wireless communication tools
- Or, the hospital fax machine could also be used to be in touch
If providing healthcare is the main goal, it can be and will be done with utmost care and priority. After all, patients’ well-being is a doctor’s number one priority.
We at Teledoc Plans will do our best to help you and your family with the help and care you need. Just download our app on your mobile phone. Or, do an online registration on your computer. And our consultant will reach out to you soon. Hope you have a speedy recovery!