Is Telemedicine The Future Of Health Care ?

The novel corona virus pandemic has stretched health care system to the brink. Covid 19 might getting all the headlines but patient are getting sick from other health disease and that’s left doctors looking for other way to treat them while minimizing contact.

Telemedicine allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance using telecommunications technology. Telemedicine is the use of electronic communications and software to monitor and treat patient in lieu of any in patient visit.

According to IBIS world, the industry revenue has grown 34.7% from 2014 to 2021. Despite the increase in revenue. Americans have been slow to adopt the practice according to 2017 report. Like all of American life, that changed with novel corona virus. The number of medicare patient using telehealth has increased.

Shares of zoom video communication are up more than 150% since the start of 2020.

Telehealth visits are booming as doctors and patient embrace distancing amid coronavirus crisis. Telemedicine is the primary means of care during the corona virus pandemic.

Benefits.

1. It allows a patient to schedule visits at their convenience.

2. The benefits of telemedicine are easy to see. Physicians can now reach patients who are halfway across the city or state. All you need is a strong internet signal and a smartphone, tablet or computer to connect with a medical professional.

3. You can wrap up a visit in 15 or 20 minutes, which is convenient for many patients. Often, you’ll spend the same amount of time driving to and from an in-person visit.

4. There is also a decrease in wait times.

Challenges.

1. The main limitation is the lack of a physical exam. Inability to do a surgical procedure.

2. A lot of time goes into adjusting to the technology and understanding how it works and most importantly managing the wifi network at times.

3. The biggest challenge is to convince the patient that the quality of care via this consult is no less than being done in person.

Telemedicine will be the permanent new normal. It has been obvious for years. It will continue to move healthcare delivery from the hospital or clinic into the home. A fair amount of consultations, approximately 80%, can be done through telemedicine. Today, there are plenty of instruments that allow a person to do an ultrasound and allow people to check their kidney, abdominal cavity or even the heart echo without physically being at the hospital. 

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