Maintaining healthy is key to living a well-balanced and fulfilled life.
Are you searching for the highest level of quality that is secure, convenient, easy-to-use, and best fits your schedule, all at a low cost?
All patients are entailed to obtain the right care, in the right place, at a time that is convenient for them.
In Greek mythology, the prefix tele- means “from afar.” While the word health means to be in good health, together the prefix tele- and the word health means to heal from afar.
Health care providers and health care organizations are in constant competition, attempting to provide the most convenient and highest quality of care to patients at the lowest cost. Telehealth technology gives healthcare organizations and providers the ability to offer patients in remote areas, not only the care they require and deserve but peace of mind as well.
Peace of Mind
The ability to determine whether an inpatient appointment is necessary offers peace of mind for patients saves time and cuts healthcare costs, not only for the patients but for the providers and organizations as well. Ultimately, decreasing overall healthcare costs and waiting time while increasing time management and quality of care.
A study conducted by Oxford University Press, (source) a trusted research organization that publishes over 200 research-based journals around the world, found that 1 in 10 individuals who are admitted to a hospital will acquire a healthcare-associated infection.
Children and elderly adults often have weak immune systems. When and if these individuals are required to seek emergency medical treatment or must be admitted to a hospital, their under-developed or weakened immune systems are being exposed to additional and life-threatening infections.
Telehealth technology helps to decrease the risk of children, elderly adults, and individuals with autoimmune deficiencies from developing hospital-acquired infections.
Also, telehealth offers monitoring and health care management of patients after they have been discharged from the hospital. Post-surgical and/or post-discharge patients who are provided telemonitoring services can heal from the comfort and safety of their own homes. This ultimately decreases their hospital stay and reduces the risk of exposure to improper infection control measures.
Physician’s time is valuable, and so is the patient’s time. Telehealth technology allows patients to receive the quality care they deserve without having to leave work, school, or the comfort of their own home.
Time off work/school
Millions of Americans who pay for health insurance through their employers; however, they do not have the ability to the time away from work to receive the physical, mental, or emotional care they require to maintain optimal health.
Too often, in today’s society, people wait far too long before seeking medical attention. For example, an individual who has a suspicious mole on their skin will ignore it, saying to themselves “it’s okay” or an individual who hurt their back at work will work through the pain for months, if not years before they ever seek medical attention.
Most people will say that they simply do not possess the time to have their health care needs met.
Taking into consideration the office hours of most health care providers and organizations and the most common working hours for Americans being Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; it’s understandable why people have trouble scheduling appointments that best fit their schedule.
Telehealth technology offering convenient and easier access to health care allows patients to schedule appointments on their time without having to take time away from work, school, significant others, children, or family.
Telemedicine makes it so patients no longer have to:
- Drive to appointments
- Miss work or school
- Pay transportation or travel costs
- Fight traffic
- Travel long distances to see a specialist
- Risk acquiring a healthcare-associated infection
- Put off emotional, mental, or physical concerns
Telemedicine makes physician consultation. Without telehealth services, many people living in rural areas are unable to obtain access to the healthcare services they require.
Patients no longer are forced to put off regular healthcare interactions
For example, a child who had been diagnosed with autism may have occupational therapy once or twice a week. This therapy helps the child become more independent with activities of daily living, promoting the child’s confidence, adaptability, and minimizes any disabilities. However, in reality, the parents of the child may find it difficult to take time off of work and pay for travel expenses to take the child to recurrent appointments. With telehealth technologies, patient’s are offered greater access to healthcare, which benefits the patient’s overall health and well-being. Patients no longer are forced to put off regular check-ups or health concerns.
Potentially Quicker Diagnosis
When a healthcare professional meets virtually with a patient, the interaction may result in reduced time to diagnose various conditions.
Rural communities are often unaware of the availability of telehealth technology due to the lack of marketing and promotion of the service. Increasing public health awareness of telehealth services can help individuals take control of their health.
Telehealth services offer patients the ability to take control of their health with online health-management classes. For example, patients who suffer from diabetes or obesity can become empowered and educated on the proper way to manage their illnesses and diseases.