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Telemedicine has been utilized increasingly in a wide array of clinical areas and specialties. A telemedicine program brings six distinct benefits to your organization and your patients:
Hospitals and their patients don’t always have access to specialists on a full-or even part-time basis. Patients deal with long waits for appointments and frequently must travel far from home to receive the care they need.
Inpatients are frequently transferred to distant cities to receive care not available in the local hospital. Telemedicine allows community hospitals to offer high quality and consistent specialty care to their patients, close to home and without the large investment of hiring full-time, on-site providers.
Patients can have immediate access to the specialists they need, ensuring they receive the right care, right away. This has been shown to improve outcomes and often means lower costs as well. Telemedicine allows similar benefits to outpatients, improving access to care without the cost and inconvenience of travel.
Telemedicine can decrease your hospital's length of stay, mortality rates and unnecessary transfers to tertiary facilities as well as encouraging appropriate admissions and discharge decisions. In addition, when patients have local access to the specialists they need, readmission rates and outmigration can be minimized.
Telemedicine helps reduce travel time, wait time and related stress and uncertainty for patients needing specialty care. It allows these patients to stay close to home and family. Inpatients benefit from continued care by their own doctor who knows them best, with assistance from a well-trained telemedicine specialist. A well-organized and clinically sound telemedicine program will produce excellent patient and family satisfaction scores.
Urgent Care and Primary Care telemedicine programs provide direct access to clinical care providers for non-urgent conditions while reducing healthcare costs associated with overutilization of "Emergency Room" visits. Clinical conditions such as Urinary Tract Infections, Conjunctivitis, Rashes and Upper Respiratory Infections can be treated quickly and easily with an online face-to-face assessment and evaluation.
Remote monitoring and management of patients with chronic conditions such as CHF, Asthma, Diabetes, Cancer and Mental Health crisis will provide an opportunity to proactively manage and promptly treat acute exacerbations of the chronic conditions reducing hospital and emergency room readmissions and unnecessary clinic visits. Other post-acute care telemedicine benefits include review of lab results, medication management, diabetes follow-up, asthma follow-up, patient and family education, physician consults, nutrition counseling, pre and post-op consults, observation of the patient in the home environment, primary care consults in the long-term care facilities and palliative care visits.
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