Medical providers like UBACARE treat patients via telemedicine, using live video, audio, and instant messaging to communicate with their patients remotely. Here are three reasons virtual healthcare is the future of medicine.
Virtual Health Offers Access to Care
Healthcare is more accessible than ever before, but distance, limited access, high cost, and high demand are creating more distance between patients and providers than ever before.
According to Teldoc Health, telemedicine can bring patients and providers together in a more timely and cost-effective way. Better Care, Faster Virtual healthcare and video medical consultations use computer software, not real doctors. The advantages of virtual care over telemedicine can offer patients better access to healthcare, and that means shorter waiting times, fewer visits to doctors, and greater access to specialists.
Virtual Health Offers Faster Care
For example, patients who take certain prescription medicines might receive their medication via an automatic prescription dispensing machine. The machine sends a text to the patient’s device when the medicine is ready. Because the medication is now out for delivery, the patient doesn’t have to wait for the medicine to arrive.
With the advent of the computer, medicine became much less expensive to produce. Clinical trials help reduce the number of times patients need to see a doctor. Drug developers use computer models to predict how effective a drug will be for patients. The development of new drugs depends on improving the quality of existing drugs and creating even better, yet safer, treatments. Virtual healthcare helps make this easier.
Virtual Health Offers More Personalized Care
In a report issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services, virtual health is defined as “the delivery of healthcare services, benefits, and services by telephone, video, or other remote means or advanced technology” that allow for: Remote consultation, Monitoring, Record-keeping, Collaboration, and E-communication. The report notes that virtual care is an innovative healthcare delivery system that combines a physical location with access to technology to provide patients and their care teams with access to care, health information, and treatment options.
Modern Healthcare News reports that virtual medicine will have transformed health care by 2040 by empowering consumers, producing fundamentally improved interoperable data, and technological and scientific advances that will have transformed today’s health care system.”
The future of telemedicine is healthcare with both a face and a voice. By telemedicine providers offering quality and high-quality services, they are able to increase revenue. The challenge and the most compelling argument is that virtual healthcare also increases costs. It is easy to increase service revenue with telemedicine. However, the same is true for decreasing healthcare costs.
Because telemedicine offers the convenience of being able to see a patient in real-time, we should not be surprised to find that there are costs associated with it. Even so, the tradeoffs make virtual medicine a win-win for both the healthcare provider and patient. To learn more, visit UBACARE.