The impact of telemedicine on your healthcare practice can be a very positive thing for your patients and your business. No matter if you are an in-patient doctor, a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or any other health care professional, telemedicine has streamlined the way that medical professionals communicate with one another. It has allowed patients to book appointments online, see their doctors in real time, and get a more comprehensive picture of their healthcare experience. With the tremendous amount of patient information that is now available at the touch of a phone number, doctors are able to provide better services, prescribe better therapies, and have greater access to the patient’s files than ever before.
But as with all great things there are pitfalls as well as benefits. One of the greatest benefits of telemedicine is the elimination of travel time for patient and parent/patient. No longer do patients need to make a special trip just to see their physician. No longer do parents need to drive several hours to visit their child’s physician. In the past, if a child did develop an illness or condition and went into hospital it usually required extended hospital stay which added unnecessary stress to the family and drained away funds from the family’s pockets.