Remote patient monitoring– monitoring patient health and clinical information remotely
Store-and-forward– transmission of images or information from one healthcare provider to another.
Consultations– connecting a patient and one or more healthcare providers through an audio or video-enabled device.
Improved access to healthcare:Reduced travel, expense and time away from home
This is especially true for individuals who live in rural areas. Finding a healthcare provider can be tough and is often time-consuming. According toAIHW, it is unfortunate that individuals who live in rural and remote areas have poorer health outcomes and the main factor is the lack of accessibility to healthcare. Telehealth can be a gamechanger for not only individuals who live in major cities or regionals areas but especially individuals who are in rural or remote areas.
Decrease inwaiting times supporting faster diagnosis and appropriate treatment
Even thoughtelehealthcan improvetheaccessibility ofpatientsit is also important that quality of care is maintained. Hence, the decrease in wait times and overbooking of patients can sometimes be overwhelming for healthcare works. Telehealth can decrease the wait times when patients run late hence, it can alsoimprove the quality of care.
Reduced travel, expense and time away from home
Healthcare providers often have to travel to and from clinics, hospitals and some even have to fly to certain areas to provide healthcare to patients, particularlyRFDs. This allows the opportunity for staff to work remotely.
Reduced patient ‘no-shows’
With wait times, expenses and timetaken to travel, patients at certain timescan forget and even cancel theirbooking or not end upattending theircheck-ups.
Real-time assistance with difficult cases and emergencies
Some healthcare providers can instantly assist patientswho need instant consultations andcheck-ups. This can be beneficial for both healthcare works who work after hours and for patients who require after-hour assistance
Improved allocation of consulting rooms within a practice where there is limited availability
Consultation rooms often can be packed with patients and can be overwhelming for healthcare workers. However,telehealth can provide a much easier and less stressful environment for health workers.
According toAustralian Departmentofhealth, Health care providers can now provide telehealth services to patients. These include:
general practitioners (GPs)
allied health providers
mental health professionals
At Cyber Clinic we provide mental health telehealth services. If you want to enjoy the benefits ofskipping the ongoing queues and wait times, our Cyber Clinic app can connect you with suitablemental health professionals. Click here to learn more about how it works.
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