Since March 2020, more than 80 percent of medical facilities have provided virtual appointments. If a medical facility utilizes telehealth, the company can substantially reduce the costs of medical services, improve the experiences of patients, increase automation and enhance integration. All the while, providing safe and convenient appointments for the patient in the comfort of their own home. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of telehealth.
Examining the Appointments and Answering Important Questions
The physicians can review a detailed schedule that describes virtual appointments, the contact information of each patient and many types of medical records. The doctors may also receive important notifications, and before each appointment, a patient could complete a detailed questionnaire. The patient can describe multiple symptoms, several types of medical conditions and beneficial medications so that nothing will be forgotten during the appointment itself.
Recommending Multiple Tests and Prescribing Medications
During the appointment, the physician can ask many questions, evaluate the medical history of the patient and prescribe several medications. The doctor can also update the medical record of the patient, and create a detailed description of each appointment for future reference.
If the physician recommends several tests the patient would be able to visit a local lab, just like they would after an in-person appointment. Afterward, the doctor may examine the test results online, or the physician may directly contact the lab. Once the practitioner evaluates the test results, the physician will contact the patient, describe the test results and recommend multiple treatments. Making the process nearly identical to a physical doctor’s appointment.
Utilizing Cutting-Edge Technology
Doctors can access useful tools that could significantly improve the satisfaction of the patients. Physicians may share important links, send several types of records or schedule a new appointment. The patient is also able to share files that contain pictures, detailed documents or multiple videos.
Creating an Account and Examining Medical Records
Once a patient creates an account, they can easily schedule a new appointment, contact the physician, and inspect their medical reports. If the doctor has prescribed a medication, the patient can request a refill, and the physician may quickly approve the refill. The medical office can send the prescription to a local pharmacy or a prescription referral service as requested by the patient.
Reducing the Costs of Medical Services
Once a medical facility utilizes telemedicine, the company could substantially decrease expenses. Numerous reports have suggested that telemedicine may reduce medical costs by more than 35 percent. Recently, some insurance companies have also recommended virtual appointments that can considerably decrease the costs of medical services, copayments, the prices of many tests and the duration of each appointment.
Improving the Experiences of Patients
According to multiple reports, at least 55 percent of patients prefer doctors who utilize telemedicine, and during the last year, more than 70 percent of patients have scheduled virtual appointments. These virtual appointments can significantly increase convenience, improve the experiences of patients and enhance the efficiency of the physician.
Protecting the Patients and the Medical Professionals
If many patients schedule virtual appointments, the company can substantially decrease the number of patients who enter their medical facility. This, in theory, will reduce the levels of pathogens within the medical facility, minimize the risk of communicable diseases.
Evaluating Important Statistics
During the last month, more than 46 percent of patients have utilized telehealth. Many therapists have also provided virtual appointments since the start of the pandemic.
According to recent surveys, at least 90 percent of medical professionals believe that many patients will continue to use telemedicine post-pandemic for both convenience and safety factors.