Whether you’re a practicing medical doctor or not, you’ve probably heard something about telemedicine by now. After truly getting to understand what telehealth is and how it works, naturally, your next question might be: Why use it? There is a reason telemedicine is projected to be worth more than $66 billion globally by 2021. Here’s what you should know if you haven’t jumped in already:
The holiday season is full of family, fun, and togetherness, but for many people, it is not the most “wonderful” time of the year. For many, the season comes with a lot of stress, anxiety, and even sadness. Remembering past losses of loved ones during this time of year, financial stresses, and family tensions—among a lost list of other triggers—can all be sources of stress and anxiety for people during this time of year.
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With the rate of diagnoses of influenza steadily increasing over the past number of years, doctors’ practices, hospitals, and urgent care facilities are reaching well over full capacity during flu season. Last year alone, the flu shot was protective against only 30% of influenza strains, rendering it virtually ineffective. On top of that, more aggressive, virulent strains are coming into existence. The bottom line: more people are getting sick, they are getting sicker, and wait times aren’t getting shorter.
The practice of medicine and patient care is under siege from forces within, and outside of, the current healthcare delivery model. The current healthcare climate in the United States is eroding the most important element in patient care – the physician-patient relationship. Private practices being bought out by big hospital systems and venture capital groups has left the market with unincentivized physicians, who are increasingly less able to accommodate their patients. The fragmented patient care model has resulted in an extremely inefficient and expensive system—driving patients away from their primary care providers and into the hands of emergency rooms and urgent care facilities who are able to accommodate the sheer volume of patients needing care.