More than a decade ago, the concept of Virtual Health encountered several challenges as it evolved to meet the needs of the Healthcare Industry. Subsequently, in step with provider’s concerns, telehealth has advanced to address security, workflow integration, effectiveness in comparison with in-person visits, and reimbursements. Since then, the gap between provider’s needs and Telehealth capabilities has reduced, and providers have steadily started utilizing Telehealth technology in their healthcare settings.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the widespread adoption of Telemedicine technology over traditional in-person practice. According to a report, in 2019 only 11% of U.S. consumers practiced telehealth, but now active consumers have risen to 46%. Additionally, 76% of consumers are interested implementing telehealth services to minimize in-person healthcare visits.
Virtual health has become common practice and it is vital to adapt to the rapidly changing healthcare landscape. Here are some useful tips to help you understand how you should plan a sustainable virtual care delivery model at your practice.
Evaluating the Factors that Influence the Adoption of Telehealth Technology
Investing in the right telehealth technology requires substantial time, patience, and huge market research. Rushing to adopt telehealth was necessary when the COVID-19 pandemic began and there was little time to perform market research. When faced with this great challenge, providers did an amazing job at adapting to telehealth. But, now what? Will rapid adoption sustain the changing demands of your practice? If not, then it may be time to reevaluate your telehealth solution. The following steps will identify how to implement a sustainable, integrated, and comprehensive telehealth program at your practice:
Patients have come to expect virtual visits as part of a continuum of services. If you are able to implement a sustainable telehealth platform, this will give your practice a competitive advantage. Patients will become advocates for your practice, sharing their positive experience of quality, easy-to-use services with others. This in turn can lead to higher patient satisfaction and additional business with heightened outcomes and increased revenue.
It may be time to re-evaluate or adopt a new sustainable telehealth program. iPatientCare Telemedicine Solutions accommodate the ever-changing needs of our clients. Learn more about our personalized systems that seamlessly connect patients with remote healthcare providers, regardless of location, circumstance, or time.