Telehealth allows patients across the country access to online consultations with board certified physicians at any time day or night. Using technology to provide remote care via video conferencing and other methods, telehealth helps those unable to easily access onsite brick and mortar health care options. Especially useful in rural areas, where the proximity to a hospital or doctor’s office may be difficult as well as for the elderly who may lack transportation, telehealth is allowing patients to have access to cost-effective, effective health care insights without physically visiting a doctor, often enhancing existing health plans, offering follow up services for care and providing patients with a cost effective alternative.
With no need to leave the home, telehealth has seen a significant boom in the last two years, outpacing all other avenues of care, according to FH Health Indicators, a study of the ever evolving culture of the healthcare industry, provided by the nonprofit FAIR Health. In fact, growth in the use of telehealth services increased a whopping 53 percent from the year 2016 to 2017, nationally outpacing all other healthcare service options such as retail clinics, urgent care centers, emergency rooms and ambulatory surgery centers, with urgent care centers experiencing an increase in traffic by 14 percent, retail clinics increased 7 percent, ASCs increased by 6 percent while the use of Emergency Rooms decreased by 2 percent. Over the last10 years, urgent care use has also increased exponentially, seven times more than that of ERs.
With the increased use in mobile devices allowing easier access to more advanced technology, telehealth providers have the ability to deliver quick and efficient diagnoses and treatment in a simple and effective means using a variety of technologies.
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