The thought that today we can deliver health care to a patient in his or her home is proof that telehealth is transforming the way people think about healthcare delivery. Telehealth is affecting the way that healthcare is distributed across the landscape.
Just five years ago, some would have you believe Telehealth was a trend that very soon would pass. At the time, nobody discussed telehealth adoption rates. Why?
It just was not on anyone's scope or talked about in large circles, except those involved with specific telehealth projects. Few providers, in the hospitals, seemed convinced. Some routinely voiced their desires and had no interest in participating in the pilots. Others hid when they felt too busy to bother. Some refused to play with "Video" and the TV screen when they had "real patients" to see, it was an inconvenience.
All said, the tide is shifting as the difference maker is the patients. The patients, when polled, are rating telehealth high enough for the providers to take notice and change their attitudes toward telehealth. Providers are starting to listen to the voice of the patient, and it is saying in a louder voice we want more telehealth.
Why is it different? The answer is simple, telehealth is patient-centered care. It delivers the care when the patients need it, when they need it, and how they want it. In this way, telehealth has the potential to put the patients in the driver seats for how they receive their care. In this way, it is a difference maker.
If you are on the fence and need guidance, reach out to us at Ever Taylor (PC) at http://www.evertaylorpc.com for information on how to get started, and for advice that helps you design the processes for your telehealth service model that can deliver care to your patients.
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