Science and technology are continually evolving to improve and make human life more manageable in today’s world. Many advances in the field of medicine have been developed to prioritize the wellbeing of patients. The healthcare industry has never failed to facilitate the world, from new pharmaceuticals to diagnosis techniques to telehealth.
The scope of telehealth is expanding as many developed countries have incorporated it into their healthcare practices, particularly after the Coronavirus pandemic. During this pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended social distancing in hospitals, directing healthcare entities and clinicians to increase their reliance on providing healthcare through telehealth. Advances in digital communication technologies, combined with the public’s perception of the virus, enabled us to depend on telehealth as a reliable alternative to hospital visits.
Telehealth has become a crucial part of the patient care experience and will remain so due to its versatility relative to hospital appointments. In its early days, only a few services were approved for telehealth delivery. Now, Health Ministries around the world are reimbursing providers for a wide range of telehealth services.
Telehealth – The Benefits
Aside from the obvious convenience of providing expert-level healthcare from anywhere, remote telehealth technology offers various benefits to healthcare providers and patients:
- Telehealth extends expert-level care to people in rural areas or locations with shortages in primary healthcare facilities.
- Telehealth saves healthcare providers a significant amount of money. According to post-Covid reports worldwide, contacting patients via telehealth rather than dispatching an emergency unit saves providers up to $1,500 per patient.
- Patients who use telehealth also cut costs. In the US, the average price of a telehealth consultation is roughly $50. In-person visits range from $85 to $740, depending on the patient’s condition.
- Relying on telehealth strengthens patient-provider relationships by boosting communication and enabling quick access to medical data from any location.
In acknowledgment of these benefits, the global telehealth market size is expected to reach $559.52 billion by 2027.
Telehealth is here to stay. Once used to supplement traditional hospital visits, telehealth is now redefining the rules of healthcare. RPMAhealthcare continues to change perceptions by developing innovative healthcare technologies that connect patients to physicians and vice versa.
It’s just wonderful to see where telehealth was before the pandemic, where it is now due to the pandemic, and where it will be after the pandemic. The pandemic paved the way for healthcare providers all across the world in making the transition to telehealth. Now comes the part where we leverage the greatest available technology to have the best remote healthcare experience possible through RPMAhealthcare.