Technology is bringing patients and doctors closer than ever before as telemedicine becomes an important part of the healthcare industry. Whether its across town or across the country, patients have more freedom to choose their doctors and specialists and find the help they need when they need it. TeleSpecialists is part of this growth, specializing in building a clinical infrastructure for hospitals and clinics anywhere. Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll discover when working with telemedicine.
- No transportation time or costs
Gas money isn’t cheap these days and neither is public transit or parking. With telemedicine, you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in a traffic jam and missing your appointment or having to travel twenty miles away in another to see a specialist.
- Convenience for the patient
Not only does the patient not need to travel, they won’t have to take use any of their precious time off to see a doctor. Talking to a doctor through a mobile device can bring the doctor’s office to them; all they need is a break at work and a private space. There’s also less time spent in a waiting room. Telespecialists makes it easy for patients to register and log in with their medical history.
With more physicians offering telemedicine options, patients or their families can use video, voice, or even chat to discuss their medical problems. Some issues will require more hands-on care, but doctors and specialists can still help solve a myriad of problems.
- Easy access to specialists
Need help from a specific doctor for a specific problem? With telemedicine, you can be in contact with a specialist in no time no matter where you live. After all, patients want the best care possible, not the closest. Telemedicine also makes it easy to email X-rays and MRI scans directly to the doctor without having to wait.
An ever-increasing number of doctors offering telemedicine options charge less than a regular visit because of the ease of use. Not only is this a great option for doctors who want to help more people, it’s great for patients who live far away from medical care.
If you’re a physician or administrator looking for a telemedicine solution for your office or facility, look no further than the comprehensive systems of TeleSpecialists. We engineer a solution specific to every client to meet their needs – contact us today for a webinar presentation of our services.
In the next decade, the Association of American Medical Colleges Center for Workforce Studies estimates there will be a shortage of over 46,000 medical specialists across the country, not to mention those living in rural areas who already don’t receive the specialized care they need. At TeleSpecialists, ensuring anyone anywhere has access to reliable and informative healthcare is our main goal. We want to solve future medical concerns through a four-step process:
Our Telemedicine technology reduces wait times at the busiest hospitals and clinics as well as opens treatment plans for those living in rural areas. Our services are also available 24/7 to assist neurologists, psychiatrists, and other specialized doctors when they can’t attend to patients themselves.
Our Telemedicine programs are designed to reduce the cost of care by reducing travel times, shortening the patient’s time in the hospital, and more. The flexibility of our systems allows hospitals, clinics, and practices to expand the types of care offered to their communities, allowing for more business and practice opportunities.
Working with telemedicine specialists has been repeatedly shown in studies to be just as effective as working with a doctor in person. This means great opportunities to improve the quality of care in facilities that have limited access to specialists.
Nothing makes us happier than to see a happy and healthy patient. Our telemedicine services greatly reduce the unease and stress burden on the patient by reducing wait times to see specialists and improving access to advanced care.
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Texas became the last state in the country to abolish a requirement that the relationship between patient and physician must be started with an in-person visit prior to the use of telemedicine. Governor Greg Abbott signed the landmark legislation on May 27, 2017, paving the way for patients to gain access to the services that telemedicine can offer them.
Texas Demonstrates a Great Need for Telemedicine
Texas seems like an unlikely state to be the last one to sign such a bill. As a state that sprawls over 268,000 square miles, and whose population is dispersed widely, Texas has a great deal of rural poverty with few healthcare services available. In fact, the state ranks 46th when it comes to the number of primary care doctors per capita. There are also 35 counties scattered throughout the state that don’t have a family physician to serve the population, making Texas the ideal market for telemedicine expansion.
Barriers to the Expansion of Telemedicine
Even though telemedicine had already been practiced for several years prior, the Texas Medical Board began restricting its use in 2010. The board cited a prescribing rule, which mandated that physicians must establish a relationship with patients via an in-person visit prior to utilizing telemedicine’s services. Court cases ensued, with litigation dragging on for years.
Governor Abbott’s Action Ends Telemedicine Issue
With Governor Abbott’s signature on Senate Bill 1107 and House Bill 2697, the people of Texas can now access the convenience and expertise of board-certified physicians without unnecessary red tape. This welcome decision brings access to much-needed healthcare to citizens across the state.
On-call services are vitally important for critical health systems like TeleStroke programs, where time is of the essence. Hospital administrators, emergency department staff and stroke coordinators must have a way to instantly connect and coordinate. Current technology makes this type of connection possible.
Here are four signs that your staff needs the latest generation of TeleStroke tech relief.
Bottlenecks in Patient Flow
If the facilities always seem to be overbooked with no relief for new intakes, you will definitely need to invest in a system that gets rid of patient flow bottlenecks. Faster on call services lead to quicker diagnoses and a more even patient count.
Slow Health IT
EHR (electronic health records) usage peaked in 2015 (62.8 percent) with a slight downturn of use last year (59 percent). That leaves a whopping 41 percent still not using the latest technology for their patients. Slower records mean slower treatments and slower receipt of on-call services. If your health IT does not match the speed of the modern generation, upgrading should be a priority.
Communication Between Departments
If patients are slow to receive on-call services, the communication between your departments may need an improvement. The older a population surrounding a hospital, the faster this communication must be in order to maintain healthy movement of patients. Patients should not be required to remember their own records; records should be easily transferrable between departments and referenced during a call.
Complaints With On Call Service
The most telling symptom that your staff may need tech relief is direct complaints from patients about on call service. Upgrading a system from front to back is the best way to avoid on call patients falling victim to preventable problems in transport and intake.
The world of telehealth is growing rapidly all across the country. According to one study, more than half of all hospitals in the United States have currently implemented some type of telehealth or telemedicine program.
Technology devoted to this concept, which was valued at roughly $18 billion in 2014, is expected to grow at a rate of over 18 percent between now and 2020. Another study predicts that telehealth will service roughly 7 million patients by as soon as 2018, up from just 350,000 patients in 2013
These sentiments and others are echoed in the Telehealth Index 2017 Consumer Survey, recently released by American Well. The survey itself is the result of two polls – both of which were conducted by Harris Poll – that included responses from over 4,000 adults.
The results of the survey shed important light on a number of core concepts, including:
- Patients are no longer skeptical about telehealth. Sixty-five (65) percent of those who responded to Harris Poll said that they would be interested in seeing their primary care physician via video visits.
- Telehealth could relieve stress from other areas of the healthcare industry. Twenty (20) percent of respondents said that they would choose a video visit over visiting the emergency room for late night care.
- 52 percent of respondents said that they would be willing to use telehealth for post-surgical follow-ups, or for additional care after a hospital stay.
- 60 percent of respondents said that they would be willing to meet with their primary care physician over video to help manage a chronic condition, something that one out of every two adults in the United States has as of 2017.
Thanks to sources like the Telehealth Index 2017 Consumer Survey, one thing is abundantly clear: Telehealth in general is becoming increasingly important in terms of healthcare in this country, both in terms of the live saving care that professionals are able to provide and with regards to the willing patients who are ready and waiting to receive it.
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