Top 5 Reasons Health Systems Want Telehealth and 1 Hurdle

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If you want a practical definition of win-win, look no further than telemedicine. However, like any new technology, there still are challenges that must be overcome. Specifically, issues around reliability.
If you want a practical definition of a win-win, look no further than telemedicine.
 
One of the hot trends in healthcare right now (there were more than 200 telemedicine bills introduced in state legislatures last year), telemedicine benefits patients through flexibility, improves administration through efficiency, and rewards doctors and healthcare organizations with increased revenue and cost savings. Everyone wins.
 
However, like any new technology, there still are challenges that must be overcome. Specifically, issues around reliability.
 
First, let’s take a closer look at the benefits that come from telemedicine and why health systems are eying it so closely.
 
Benefit #1: Improved Patient Flow
One of the chief benefits of telemedicine is better patient scheduling.
 

With telemedicine, patients meet with physicians from the comfort of their home. This not only is good for the patient, it also means that healthcare providers can more efficiently schedule patients and control the flow for optimum efficiency.
 
By calling patients via video chat when the physician is ready instead of having them queue in a waiting room, healthcare providers can ensure a continuous, steady flow of patients. This eases the burden on physicians while also allowing for tighter scheduling.
 


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