Recent healthcare industry market intelligence reports that approximately 65% of US medical centers and hospitals have adopted TeleHealth services, in some form, and currently offer to patients, while an additional 13% plan to implement TeleHealth services in the near term.
The key benefits for healthcare providers in adopting TeleHealth as a delivery point encompass:
Improve Patient Care Access and Convenience
Cisco Global Survey reported that 74% of patients prefer easy access to healthcare services versus in-person interactions with providers thus allowing increased patient face time and healthcare professional productivity.
TeleHealth offers patients simple, on-demand care without the customary wasted time and expense of in-person visits.
With Telehealth, patients unable to take time-off from their employment and those living in rural locations benefit from more convenient access to required healthcare services. Rural patients commonly undergo excessive commutes to larger community and city healthcare providers and have difficulties to locally access lifesaving consultations for medical specialty conditions.
Increase Revenue and Profitability
TeleHealth boosts healthcare provider revenue by converting on-call hours into billable hours, identifying new sources of patients with TeleHealth preferences, and eliminating a significant percentage of no-show patient visits. Additionally, TeleHealth reduces unnecessary non-urgent ER visits and eliminates transportation expenses for regular physical or other checkups.
Remote analysis, monitoring, and treatment services reduces healthcare expenses for healthcare institutions and clinics, and thus increases profitability.
Reduce Patient Readmissions
TeleHealth allows healthcare professionals to stay in closer contact with patients and providing sufficient opportunities to discover and evaluate symptoms before they become life-threatening.