What does the future of telemedicine hold? Get an educated idea by looking at the disruptive telehealth trends. Explore what they are in this roundup.
Modern-day technology has allowed for the medical industry to provide even more efficient services for its patients.
Patients can now get prompt responses from doctors and physicians. Then be properly diagnosed within a few minutes’ time.
Telemedicine already provides several benefits. Still, it continues to find more ways of expanding and improving.
Because of that, many people are wondering what trends they can expect to see in the year 2020.
Here are several trends that will build the future of telemedicine. Look forward to seeing more of these trends and how they can benefit you.
Continued Transition Towards Telehealth
Whatever symptoms you’re dealing with, your diagnosis is now only a call away.
Because of the convenience factor, many patients these days are leaning towards calling their doctor rather than visiting them in-person. If a physical visit can be avoided, the patients are opting to do so.
Doctor’s offices are answering the call (pun intended) on this by adopting telehealth methods into their practice.
In fact, in only 5 years’ time, the telemedicine industry now takes up one-fourth of the health IT market as a whole.
Still, only a fraction of doctors and physicians currently take advantage of the features that telemedicine can bring to their office and patients.
The industry will reach a point in the next few years where, if a doctor’s office doesn’t offer telehealth services, then it will struggle to find a fair amount of patients.
Technological Support for the Services
There are already a number of phenomenal telehealth phone apps and services at your disposal.
Apps like MDLIVE, Lemonaid, and Express Care Virtual are all offering tremendous portals. They increase the communication between doctor and patient.
However, since telehealth is still in its infancy, you can expect a few improvements. These apps will continually add more helpful features. Not to mention that more telehealth apps will become available.
There will also be new technology that arises in an attempt to support these telehealth apps. New tech will help aid the doctors in making proper diagnostics through the convenience of an over-the-phone appointment.
More Efficient Patient Care
The telehealth industry has increased the need for streamlined patient information.
In fact, there will come a point where you can send things at the touch of a button. This includes your personal information, medical history, and much more.
This means you can be seen by any available doctor within your health insurance coverage. Better yet, you can expect the same level of treatment.
The doctor that you have a virtual call will be able to see the notes of your previous virtual calls. This will help the doctor to understand the previous diagnosis and treatments that you’ve received.
The fusion of Telehealth and In-Office Services
Running a doctor’s office in this day and age certainly isn’t cheap. it requires the purchase of expensive medical equipment on top of standard expenses with running a business.
Because of the rapid rise in telehealth, the need for a vast office for in-person doctor visits will decrease.
As a result, you’re already beginning to see many doctors’ offices decide to team up with the big telehealth corporations in order to provide financial stability for themselves.
Their location will then become an in-person alternative to telehealth, not the other way around. The will only provide services that are necessary to be done in-person.
For example, if your symptoms or conditions require something along the lines of an x-ray before they can diagnose you, then that telehealth company will send you to a physical doctor’s office of theirs that can assist you.
This will benefit the patients by giving them a larger network of doctors within their telemedicine company’s coverage on top of their mobile doctors office.
Increased Investments in Security
Unfortunately, with the increase of digital solutions in the medical industry, that means that there is also an increase in attempted hacks.
With so much valuable and personal information on a patient by patient basis, the increased need for security has to be met.
The days of filing patient information are diminishing. Now, with the growth of telehealth services, all that information is stored digitally.
Hackers are constantly deriving new ways to get the information that they’re after, so you will notice an uptick in the investment of cybersecurity in the medical field.
Doctors’ offices will follow suit on the cybersecurity practices that telehealth companies are offering their clientele.
More Coverage on Telemedicine
For many people, they’d only heard about things such as “virtual doctors visits” and “mobile doctors offices” in the last year or so.
Why? Because their health insurance just started covering it. As the awareness of telemedicine grows among clientele, so will the amount of health insurance companies that cover it.
In fact, so far 34 states have created laws that require private insurance companies to cover telemedicine for their clientele.
These laws state that insurers should treat telehealth as they would an in-person medical service. Many states will follow suit, and soon, they will all have laws in place demanding it.
Get Excited for the Future of Telemedicine!
The future of telemedicine is bright and offers convenience and better medical care for all patients that use it.
As the telehealth industry continues to grow, it will begin offering more services and technology for both doctors and patients.
Learning more about the medical field will help you as a patient. As such, be sure to browse our website for more articles on digital medicine, as well as many other helpful topics.