Perhaps one of the most disruptive technologies in the world right now, telehealth is changing the future of medicine. Telemedicine is the modern solution to a longstanding, deep-seated healthcare crisis in the United States. Increased mobility and population growth, paired with dwindling numbers of practicing primary care physicians, has created a lack of adequate, convenient, and affordable care across the nation. With the booming use of technology in every field, it is inevitable that Telemedicine is emerging as the perfect solution for doctors and patients alike, and here’s why:
According to recent statistics, there are over 325 million people in the United States and only an estimated 467,000 practicing primary care physicians (PCP). This equates to approximately 700 patients per physician, not accounting for the disproportionate number of doctors in metropolitan versus rural areas. Many patients living in rural areas are without a PCP or access to on-demand emergency care. However, patients living in cities often have extreme difficulty obtaining same-day appointments with doctors in high-demand specialties like Plastic Surgery and Dermatology. Current statistics suggest that average wait times to see a Dermatologist in a metropolitan area range from 2 weeks to 3 months. This is where Telemedicine comes into play.
Live, on-demand, HIPAA-secured Carie technology means that doctors can maximize their time in the office by examining real life, top of the line images, interpreting them to make a diagnosis, and providing appropriate treatment options, all virtually through the comfort of the patient’s home. Telemedicine ensures that doctors can accommodate a larger number of patients by eliminating long lines in the waiting room for minor conditions that can be quickly assessed and treated remotely. Moreover, PCP’s are more readily able to communicate with specialists through these digital platforms, providing diagnosis to patients more quickly and efficiently.
The ability to use Carie’s cutting edge technology to consult a doctor remotely not only eases the provision of care for doctors but also increases the number of patients that are willing and able to consult a doctor for a condition. The added convenience and comfort that Telehealth services create has resulted in extremely high levels of patient satisfaction. By utilizing these user-friendly online services, patients can be seen by doctors around the clock at a significantly lower cost. Putting these factors together means that the overall public health can be expected to drastically improve over the next years.
As physician efficiency and convenience for patients increase with the growing Telehealth market, the overall cost of a patient’s healthcare will decrease dramatically. As doctors are able to treat a greater number of patients remotely, and more patients seek this remote care, the baseline cost for an appointment will decrease. Comprehensive medical care through Carie’s affordable online platform will bridge the gap for patients with geographic and economic barriers.
- Quality of Care and Patient Outcomes
Increased quality of care by physicians and better patient outcomes are inevitable with the utilization of Telehealth platforms. With live expert consultations and information about nearly any condition by the push of a button, patients are empowered to be proactive in their own healthcare. They will seek medical attention at an earlier stage in a disease, and are diagnosed and treated more quickly, ultimately resulting in a better prognosis.
With the ability to exchange professional opinions with each other over Carie’s Telehealth platform, physicians can provide the most complete and accurate diagnoses to their patients unlike ever before. A digital library of knowledge is at the fingertips of both doctor and patient, allowing both to make informed, comprehensive decisions about their healthcare.
These 4 fundamental components of the benefits of Telehealth are set to change the future of medicine. Telehealth tackles virtually all the problems with traditional medicine and healthcare provision. In the midst of a widespread healthcare crisis, Telehealth technology offers a very real and simple solution.