Why More Practitioners Should Use Telehealth Services
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Why More Practitioners Should Use Telehealth Services

Before the Coronavirus pandemic, healthcare practitioners did not widely use telehealth technology. However, once the Covid-19 pandemic hit, telehealth technology received the spotlight, and now many practitioners see its advantages.

It is highly recommended that practitioners use telehealth services because such services provide access to healthcare for individuals with disabilities and degenerative conditions, help doctors provide higher-quality care to their patients, enable doctors to do their part in preventing the spread of infectious illnesses, and ensure doctors can make a better assessment of their patients’ health.

Provides Better Access to Healthcare for Persons with Disabilities and Degenerative Conditions

Studies show that individuals with disabilities face several barriers to receiving adequate healthcare, which causes them to report having poorer health than their able-bodied counterparts. According to the World Health Organization, barriers that prevent disabled people from accessing healthcare are lack of accessible transportation and inaccessible facilities.

Even when there are accessible healthcare facilities and accessible transportation services, some find it difficult to leave home due to contending with degenerative conditions. For instance, a person with Mitochondrial Disease may fatigue easily after completing simple tasks, making getting ready, getting out the door, and traveling to a healthcare facility immensely difficult or impossible.

An individual with Neurofibromatosis may be experiencing tremendous pain and fatigue, resulting in repeatedly rescheduling doctor’s appointments due to not feeling well enough to commute. Unfortunately, repeated rescheduling of doctor’s appointments means that the patient is not getting problems addressed on time, resulting in these problems getting larger and turning into emergencies.

Telehealth ensures that those with disabilities and degenerative conditions can access healthcare with no barriers. From home comfort, the disabled and severely ill can schedule doctor’s appointments, see their doctors and manage their healthcare. Furthermore, this demographic can address health problems quickly before they become emergencies.

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Helps Doctors Provide Higher-Quality Care to Their Patients

Some doctors believe that if they do not see their patients in person, they cannot provide top-quality healthcare to their patients. This is untrue because telehealth enables doctors to improve the quality of care they provide to their patients. Telehealth monitoring devices facilitate keeping a better eye on patient health, resulting in improved patient outcomes.

Doctors are alerted to small issues, allowing them to intervene quickly to avoid hospitalizations or more serious health complications, such as vascular strokes and heart attacks. Additionally, doctors can construct better preventative health plans for their patients, drastically improving clinical outcomes.

Doctors Can Do Their Part in Preventing the Spread of Infectious Illnesses

Many people dislike going to the doctor’s office because they fear catching the flu or other infectious illness. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, these fears have significantly increased. These fears are even more concern for individuals who have weakened immune systems since the common flu or cold can have devastating effects. By using telehealth technology, doctors can do their part in keeping their patients from contracting illnesses since they will not be exposed to one another while sitting in a waiting room.

Enables Doctors to Make a Better Assessment of Their Patients’ Health

Telehealth technology allows doctors to see their patients in their environments which will help them to make better assessments of their patients’ health. For instance, an occupational therapist or neurologist meeting virtually with their patients will be able to see how patients move about in their homes and independently care for their needs. Thus they can make recommendations based on what they observe.

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An allergist can look for clues in a patient’s surroundings that may be responsible for allergy flareups and make recommendations on how to improve their home environments to reduce incidences of allergy flares.

Conclusion

Telehealth technology is the way of the future because it is here to stay. The pandemic helped many discover the most important in personal and professional life. One of the greatest discoveries from this pandemic was how telehealth technology could revolutionize healthcare.

Clinics and hospitals that make telehealth technology part of their healthcare solutions are seen as cutting edge since they can provide innovative solutions to the problems that patients problems. So it is safe to say that if doctors want to get ahead of their competition, they must offer telehealth services to their patients.

Why More Practitioners Should Use Telehealth Services

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