The Promise and the Peril of Virtual Health Care
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Telemedicine and telehealth involve remote-health-care technologies and services, known as "virtual care."
While virtual care played some role in the health-care industry, 2020 lead people to discover its benefits and shortcomings.
Fifty to seventy percent of visits to the doctor's office could be replaced by remote monitoring and checkups.
Telehealth doesn't replace the brick-and-mortar visit, but it complements it.
It's one thing to offer telecare to a patient you know, but another to diagnose during a virtual first visit. A tele-doctor who misdiagnoses a stomach ache that is indeed stomach cancer has the same liability that a traditional doctor does. Therefore, virtual doctors should tell patients whose symptoms suggest a more complicated condition to make an in-person visit to an office.
Telemedicine has been a hard sell in some areas.
The current health-care system is not user-friendly or helpful. The average patient has to wait twenty-nine days to get a physician's appointment, and you may not initially know what it will cost you.
One of the appealing features of telehealth is that you feel comfortable in your home while having an intimate virtual encounter with your doctor. Your doctor can also solve your problem immediately for you.
Doctor's are not sold on telehealth, either.
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