The impact of telemedicine on your healthcare practice can be significant. If you are an inpatient facility, or if you are providing in-home care, the ability to remotely monitor a patient’s condition can mean the difference between life and death. Telemedicine can allow you to provide better care to your patients and to quickly identify potential issues before they become serious enough to justify long hospital stays or mechanical heart bypasses. It can mean the difference between being able to provide high quality care at a reasonable cost or forgoing quality care to save a few dollars. By allowing more people access to the same top-quality services that would normally be available only to full-time physicians and nurses, the impact of telemedicine can change the way that healthcare practices operate and change the way that patients experience their healthcare.
If you currently treat a wide variety of patients with different medical conditions, but who come to your office frequently because they are familiar with your office and are comfortable visiting, telemedicine may have a positive impact on your practice. Patients will be more likely to return for future visits if they feel that they are receiving the same level of care from a staff that is located close to where they live. Telemedicine can also result in more repeat patients, especially if you have a patient who is extremely healthy but becomes ill during a trip out of town, and needs emergency care. If you have access to a patient’s medical records on a continual basis, you can make sure that your in-house physician is ready and available when the need arises.