There are many benefits of telehealth systems. These telehealth benefits do not just affect the patient, but they also affect the facilities and doctors providing care to the patient. Here is a list of the major advantages of telehealth:
- Patients can expect better outcomes because they have faster access to specialists who can apply higher standards of care when evaluating them for various illnesses or other health conditions.
- Unnecessary admissions and readmissions are reduced with the help of remote consultations and monitoring, allowing patients to manage health conditions more effectively at home.
- Remote specialists can often determine if a patient absolutely needs to be moved to another facility or if they can stay where they are, allowing them to stay close to their personal support network.
- Patients who are already at a facility can benefit from having the staff easily access any records from specialists and thereby improve the level of care given to them. If the patient is at home, the facility still can access this important information quickly and efficiently.
- Some patients can remain where they are instead of being moved to a health facility that is not in their network. This helps retain revenues for the facility that has already been in charge of the patient’s care.
- Facilities can offer more advanced solutions, making the community view them in a better light which would not be possible without the components of Telehealth.
- Physicians can extend their reach to patients who need their expertise but who would otherwise have missed out on this care without Telehealth.
- Physicians can, in some instances, earn pay for being on-call for teleconsults.
- Physicians can also save more time by not having to travel between facilities in order to see patients.
- Tertiary care facilities can quickly identify remote patients who are sure to benefit from being transferred to their facilities. This allows them to earn more revenue.
- Tertiary care facilities can begin developing relationships with underserved facilities that need added help and transfer patients into their facilities as another way to incur added revenue…
- Those that already have relationships with underserved facilities can screen patients in order to know when they are ready to be transferred rather than indiscriminately transfer those same patients who would do just as well staying where they are. Being able to do this helps save beds at various facilities and that can mean all patients can get more in depth care.
- Payers have fewer costs when specialists are used to address specific patient concerns. This allows specialists to avoid making unnecessary admissions, transfers and readmissions, making a facility more efficient. In addition, payers will see patients stay for shorter periods, making costs even lower. Also, having access to the right doctor can help a particular patient avoid an adverse health situation. Adverse health events themselves can also be predicted and avoided.
- The entire health care system will benefit by Telehealth methods by being able to increase the number of patients while decreasing the number of clinicians needed for those patients.
- The health care system has an even greater reduction in costs as timelier access to doctors reduces inefficiencies in overall care.
From patients to doctors, the benefits of telehealth are far-reaching and only increasing in scope.