Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of patients utilizing telehealth solutions has increased significantly.
But with telehealth set to remain a mainstay of healthcare going forward, it begs the questions of what are the pros and cons of telehealth? We’ve listed some of each below to help you make an informed decision.
Advantages of telehealth for patients:
- - Patients can typically get an appointment sooner
- - Appointments are carried out in the safety of a patient’s home or workplace — saving time and money on gas and parking
- - Telehealth allows elderly patients and those with reduced mobility, as well as people in rural locations, continued access healthcare services
- - Telehealth services are designed to be easy to adopt
- - Recent Medicare rule changes in the United States mean that people in more states are covered and can take advantage of telehealth services as part of their health plans
- - Telehealth services can often be used via a smartphone
- - A great way to satisfy post-surgical follow-ups
Advantages of telehealth for healthcare providers:
- - More free time to help the neediest patients
- - Less overcrowding in doctor’s practices
- - Easier to implement social distancing guidelines
Disadvantages of telehealth:
- - Not suitable for emergency situations (although tele-ICUs are a thing)
- - Not suitable for when a clinician needs to physically interact with a patient
- - Unsuitable for routine vaccinations
- - Not as intimate as a traditional face-to-face appointment
If you’d like to find out more about the telehealth services provided by France Surgery, please get in touch.