Potential disadvantages of virtual health care
Telemedicine has been a hard sell in some areas.
- Many rural clinics and community hospitals fear that their already inadequate medical staffing and the revenues generated from on-site procedures will be further diminished by remote medicine.
- Old and poor patients who may need care the most can't afford smartphones or broadband connectivity.
- Until recently, many people were unaware that the service existed, while others didn't trust an anonymous doctor.
- Many people want to be in the physical presence of their physicians, believing the quality of virtual care is inferior.
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Among the most known telehealth services:
- patient portal: you have the possibility to keep track of your health record while being able to communicate securely with your
- virtual doctor appointments: extremely useful for persons who do not need an in-person physical examination
- store and forward: this kind of service enables the electronic transmission of medical documents
- remote patient monitoring: it allows your doctor to monitor your health from the comfort of your home by using wearable devices
- mobile health: through mobile health applications, you can keep better track of your health.
Telehealth and its benefits
Among the benefits of the telehealth:
- better access to medical care: especially for individuals with mobility issues or living far from a doctor
- improves care quality
- reduces care cost: you do not need to travel anymore
- increases patient's satisfaction: especially by saving time.
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