The popularity of telemedicine observed a peak in 2020 when governments worldwide began imposing lockdowns. It would be a mistake, however, to believe that telemedicine is a fad that will dwindle. Many would be surprised to hear though that the development of telemedicine began 20 years ago. Thanks to the integration of sophisticated software and technology, telemedicine has the potential to solve the current issues in the American healthcare system.
Challenges faced by the current healthcare system
There is a slew of problems the American healthcare system is and will be facing soon. One of them is the rising deficiency of doctors. According to the AAMC, there will be a shortage of 54,100 to 139,000 physicians by the year 2033. The burden on the small number of practicing doctors can be handled. The second issue is that the number of people aged 65 and older has grown by almost 34.2% over the course of the past decade. Taking care of the aging population will cost 2% to 4% of the by 2050 for countries that are members of the OECD.
Moreover, the increase in cardiovascular disease and diabetes in younger populations as a result of an increase in sedentary behaviors and increased levels of obesity also contribute to the increase in the cost of healthcare. Finally, consumers demand high-quality services. Thanks to the rise of the internet patients are well informed and wish for personalized healthcare services. Catering to these issues is a problem with the current capabilities of the healthcare system. Telemedicine has the potential to solve these problems.
Improve Chronic Disease Management
The biggest dilemma when handling diseases like obesity and diabetes is that patients have trouble changing their lifestyles. Telemedicine allows for remote patient monitoring which allows for a more effective treatment thanks to remote monitoring of patient data and reminders via text messages. Studies by the CDC show that telemedicine helped patients to take their medicine consistently, improved vitals like blood pressure, and helped change dietary habits.
Remove distance barriers
Telemedicine can liberate doctors from geographical constraints. Not only do patients save time and money because of the lack of commute but also tap into a wider network of physicians. Regulations have changed allowing patients to consult with doctors practicing in other states. Hence, if there is an unexpected demand for appointments, this network can be tapped into.
Provide high-quality services
Despite the widespread skepticism around virtual healthcare. Studies indicate that both patients and healthcare providers are satisfied with telemedicine and do not show discomfort or worry about potential breaches of confidentiality. In fact, it delivers the necessary amount of information needed for the majority of clinical and diagnostic procedures. Moreover, where telemedicine falls short is not because of the quality of care but rather the technology used. For example, if a low-quality picture is provided to a dermatologist.
Complex issues in the healthcare system such as chronic disease management, an increase in the older population, and demand for higher quality services can be potentially solved with telemedicine. It helps liberate physicians of geographical constraints, improved chronic disease management, and finally, provide high-quality services to patients. Hence, the adoption of telemedicine is essential for healthcare providers of all sizes.
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