History reveals to us that treating ailments was considered a job best done at home. Healthcare was often only provided by a dedicated family member, while consultation for more serious illnesses was hard to come by. By early 19th century, hospitals had gained credibility for providing expert medical care, however, home visits still accounted for 40% of all physician appointments in the 1930s.
This number declined gradually, as it become more difficult to provide specialized patient care in home settings.
Thanks to the advent of telehealth services, the centuries old practice of healthcare at home is in revival, and without the risks and troubles traditionally associated with it. The credit can be given to medical and scientific advancements as well as the development and implementation of professional standards for remote healthcare.
Teleheath: The “House Call” Of the Future
Ageing population, increase in patients with life-threatening conditions, and unavailability of healthcare services close by, has put an enormous strain on healthcare systems across the world.
Telehealth is emerging as an effective solution for delivery of health and related services, information and communication. Using state-of-the-art telecommunication technologies, telehealth gives health care practitioners the ability to monitor a physiological status and health statistics of a patient situated remotely. This has helped significantly reduce the cost associated with human interactions, reducing the need for financial resources to ensure better health care. Telehealth also offer the opportunity to develop services that are more flexible and patient-centric.
Virtual Visits Offer Improved Access to Basic Care
Transport constraints are usually the biggest impediments to access healthcare. Telehealth solutions offer patients the opportunity to “visit” with their doctors for routine follow ups from the comfort of their own homes. Additionally, wellness and preventative programs become more accessible and ensure better utilization of the tools provided right at home.
More notably, a digitally connected telehealth system empowers people by offering them a sense of independence and security. Consequently it isn’t surprising at all, that there is a rising desire among those seeking healthcare services to shift their healthcare to the well-known comfort and convenience of their own abode.
The Last Word: Providing Value in Healthcare
Telehealth has become a proven tool for healthcare providers fighting decreased funding and resources, without compromising patient care outcomes. Learn more about developments in technology, leadership and management and other key interdependent factors that affect home healthcare. Check out this in-depth article “On the Digital Road to Improved Home Healthcare” recently published in Telehealth and Medicine Today™, an online open access digital journal for the telemedicine industry.