Top 4 Benefits of Telemedicine
Telemedicine is the method of transferring medical information from one site to another through the use of electronic communications to enhance the clinical health status of patients. Telemedicine includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools, and other forms of telecommunications technology.
Frequently, telemedicine is best understood regarding the services offered by social work and the mechanisms employed to implement those services. Services rendered include specialist and primary care referrals, medical education, consumer health, medical services, and remote patient monitoring. Telemedicine has been rapidly expanding largely because it contributes four fundamental benefits:
- Improved Access: For over four decades, telemedicine has been providing healthcare services to patients in inaccessible areas. It enhances access to patients and allows health facilities and physicians to expand their reach beyond their offices.
- Cost Effectiveness: Containing or reducing healthcare costs is one of the most powerful incentives for adopting and funding telehealth technologies. Telemedicine increases efficiency and reduces the cost of healthcare through fewer or shorter hospital stays, reduced travel times, shared health professional staffing, and improved management of chronic diseases.
- Improved Quality: The healthcare services delivered through telemedicine are as reliable as those given in conventional in-person appointments. In fact, in the mental health specialization telemedicine represents a superior product with greater patient satisfaction and outcomes.
- Patient Demand: Consumers desire telemedicine. Utilizing telemedicine technologies reduces stress and related travel times for the patients. Over the past 15 years, patient support and satisfaction for telemedical services have unwaveringly risen. These services extend to patients access to providers who may not be otherwise available and eliminates the need to travel long distances to obtain medical services.
At CMC, we believe the use of modern information technology facilitates delivery of health services to people without adequate transportation living in remote areas or those who want to obtain treatment for severe anxiety or any other mental health problem.