Telehealth is an incredible solution for healthcare providers to care for their patients more conveniently and efficiently, while driving down healthcare costs. The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) estimates that over 10 million Americans have directly benefited from some kind of telehealth service in the past year. These tools allow patients to stay in the comfort of their homes while providers monitor and collect patient data from anywhere.
Currently covered by Medicaid programs in 47 states, video conferencing is proven to have a direct impact on the access and quality of care, ultimately leading to improved patient outcomes. There are a number of diverse uses for video conferences ranging from follow-ups and monitoring patients in their homes, to education and consultations with patients in remote locations, which all benefit providers and patients in a variety of ways:
Minimized unnecessary travel time and costs
Video conferencing enables care providers monitor patient progress remotely, which is particularly helpful for patients who have issues travelling to a clinic due to lack of mobility or potential hazards, or for those who live in rural areas.
This greatly reduces travel costs for both the patients and providers, and allows care workers to spend less time in transit, and more time providing proactive and efficient care for their patients.
Improved patient care
While virtual care can’t replace important face-to-face visits between patients and providers, it does serve as an extension to traditional care methods.
There’s an increasing amount of evidence linking video conferencing to greater overall patient satisfaction, largely due to its convenience and improved communication.
Video conferencing enables better quality of care through greater speed, access, and frequency of patient/provider contact.
Reduced rates of hospitalization and readmissions
With the help of video conferencing, care workers can provide pre-emptive care or feedback to their patients. Telehealth technology enables faster responses to patient’s care needs and questions and even allows providers to screen out minor issues that would typically result in hospital admissions.
Competitive advantage for providers
Video conferencing presents a new opportunity for home care providers to offer new services to patients and their families, while lowering the cost of care.
This is a unique way for home care providers to stand out from their competitors and offer a higher quality of care while improving patient outcomes. Evolving technology marks a significant point of change in the healthcare industry, and soon providers will be required to have a telehealth offering in order to stay competitive.
As a leading provider of an end-to-end home care software platform, AlayaCare offers a mix of real-time telehealth and face-to-face visit solutions, including robust clinical documentation, exceptional back office solutions, and next-generation technology such as integrated Portals, Virtual Care and Remote Patient Monitoring, adl tracking and Machine Learning. Through our research wing, AlayaLabs, we constantly strive to not only build the best solution for home care but to contribute to the overall evolution of post-acute care.