As healthcare apps and personalized gadgets like fitness bands, which help in keeping track of your fitness are making it big in the global market, there has never been a better time for e-health solutions to grow in terms of scope and reach. With something as promising and revolutionary as e-health, it is likely for people and healthcare professionals to be slightly apprehensive before taking the plunge.
In order to make your decision-making procedure less of a challenge, we have brought this blog as a must-read piece, enumerating all the good and not-so-good things about e-health solutions and telemedicine services-
Taking out time to visit your doctor for that long-due check-up in today’s fast-paced world is next to impossible, and to top it, there is the queue at the clinic or the hospital.
For such woes, e-health solutions pose as the best solution as two-way videos, emails and texts can help you forgo such inconveniences.
This fact explains why more than 36 million Americans have taken to e-health solutions and telemedicine, according to a recent study.
Moreover, the same study has found that doctor visits can be almost replaced by virtual consultations for about 70 percent of the cases.
These services are more convenient as compared to the conventional practices as they allow home-bound people and those restricted by work or location to access quality care from a place of their choice.
Healthcare costs are also effectively brought down as monitoring, electronic storage of data, remote health evaluations and reduction in avoidable Emergency Room visits and conveyance costs lead to lower expenditure.
E-health solutions also lead to better patient engagement rates as patients are steered towards a healthy lifestyle and improved health conditions through high-quality care and better management of time and resources.
As far as the not-so-good things about these services are concerned, the most common issues people and healthcare professionals face with telemedicine and e-health are their technical requirements, which include crucial training about new systems and the procurement and setting up of equipment.
Also, on-demand care may sometimes have a negative impact on care-continuity as the primary care provider keeps changing.
Having said that, it can be concluded through practice and implementation that the advantages of e-health solutions far outweigh the disadvantages, as with more awareness and better workflow, they (disadvantages) can be eliminated, once and for all.