Telehealth has become an integral part of healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering a safe and convenient way for patients to receive medical care. However, even after the pandemic subsides, physicians are continuing to embrace telehealth for several reasons.
Telehealth allows physicians to maintain continuity of care for their patients. Follow-up appointments, chronic disease management, and routine check-ins can be conducted remotely, eliminating the need for patients to travel to the clinic. This ensures ongoing monitoring and management of patient health, leading to better outcomes.
Telehealth overcomes barriers to access, particularly for patients in remote areas, those with mobility issues, or those with limited transportation options. Patients can consult with physicians from the comfort of their homes, reducing travel time and associated expenses. This increased accessibility helps to reach underserved populations and improves overall healthcare equity.
Remote telehealth appointments often require less time compared to in-person visits. Physicians can efficiently address patient concerns, review test results, and provide appropriate guidance without the need for a physical examination. This allows physicians to see more patients in a day and optimize their schedule. Additionally, telehealth visits can be more cost-effective for patients as they save on transportation and parking expenses.
Healthcare systems are incorporating telehealth into their infrastructure and workflows. Electronic health record (EHR) systems are being integrated with telehealth platforms, allowing seamless sharing of patient information and facilitating documentation. This integration enhances the overall efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery.
Many patients have found telehealth to be a satisfactory mode of care delivery. The convenience, reduced exposure to infectious diseases, and flexibility align with patients’ preferences for virtual visits. As a result, physicians are responding to the demand and incorporating telehealth as a permanent option in their practice.
Overall, utilizing telehealth services will continue on far after the pandemic and continue to be sought after in medical offices. However, many offices do not have the staff needed to handle the influx of telehealth visits. That’s where 1st Call Triage comes in! Give us a call today to learn more about how we can optimize staff efficiency in your office – 864.626.6065