Telehealth has numerous benefits for both healthcare practitioners and patients.
Firstly, it enhances access by bringing care within reach of more people. For example, it can enable remote patient monitoring whereby patients can receive diagnosis, treatment or condition management from the comfort of their homes, without having to physically see a doctor or stay in a hospital. This is great for providing care for elderly and less mobile patients, as well as people living in remote areas where healthcare facilities are not easily accessible.
Telehealth can also boost efficiency. By enabling care to be delivered quickly across time zones and geographies, it can reduce overall costs and promote better outcomes. For example, it can promote collaboration by enabling the secure sharing of medical information between clinicians at different locations. In practical terms, this means that travel time of consultants can be cut down or eliminated, to be reallocated to patient care.
Lastly, it also supports patient satisfaction. Telehealth enables people to receive high-quality care to fit a variety of needs on demand, regardless of their locations. The ability to provide care without the boundaries of time and location can also boost patient experiences due to factors such as reduced waiting times.