We often hear people talking about being busy with their daily lives; adding appointments to care for oneself or family members can be a challenge. Some people ignore health concerns and delay (or even skip) seeking care, which in turn may lead to serious situations requiring emergency care.

What about Telehealth? Could this be a solution?

Before we continue – here is the definition of telehealth from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; “Telehealth as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.”

It is interesting to consider additional use cases to the above definition; telehealth can (and in some cases, already does) fill a need with a focus on the following:
-Minor health issues/concerns
-Ongoing care/ care management
-Patient engagement
-Follow-up appointments
-Connecting with care providers/family members

Telehealth Pros:

Convenient access
Cost savings (to patient and to healthcare system)
Access
Increased patient / care provider engagement
Ongoing patient care

Telehealth Cons:

Technical limitations
Care continuity
Loss of important in-person interactions
Regulatory

Have you used a form of Telehealth?

 

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