Allowing providers to connect with patients virtually, telehealth allows individuals to access healthcare services for added safety and convenience. Today, more healthcare professionals are exploring the possibilities of telehealth post-pandemic due to its high potential. In this guide, we’ll discuss the future of telehealth and what it means for patients and healthcare providers.
While telemedicine technology is expected to skyrocket, various types of telehealth are available today:
Remote patient monitoring: This telehealth technology allows healthcare providers to monitor patients’ clinical health progress remotely, sending data to healthcare providers electronically.
Synchronous communication: Synchronous communication is when a patient and their provider connect in real-time over the phone, video, or audio.
Asynchronous communication: This form of communication allows individuals to collect data now and respond to it later with patient portals and apps.
As technology evolves to meet patient demand, new types of telehealth services continue to roll out to the marketplace.
The benefits of virtual care for consumers
Healthcare has shifted in the direction of telehealth due to its many advantages, such as:
Patient comfort and convenience
Continuity of care
Easy access to healthcare specialists
Lower healthcare costs
Reduced exposure to infectious diseases
Faster connection to service providers
Easy patient follow-up
Seamless clinical monitoring
Increased healthcare access for patients with mobility challenges
Greater convenience for patients who live far from services sites
These various types of telehealth communications create flexibility and immediacy for the patient and provider.
Challenges still facing virtual health
While the future of telehealth is promising, the healthcare industry must address challenges like:
Limited Internet connectivity
Digital literacy challenges
Lack of training
Data security concerns
Implementation, adoption, and utilization of technology in healthcare practices will be key to the long-term success of telehealth.
Future uses and trends in telehealth
Telehealth is expected to expand more specifically into medical, dental, and specialty practices with trends like:
Greater focus on mental health: Virtual care is becoming a popular resource for treating mental health, increasing access to specialists.
Expansion into new specialties: Telehealth is expected to expand into different fields, like dermatology, oncology, dentistry, and behavioral health.
Addressing provider shortages: Telehealth is the ideal solution to healthcare provider shortages in primary and specialty care, dramatically increasing their availability to patients.
Improved chronic care management: Patients with chronic conditions are more likely to follow through with their treatments when connecting through telehealth.
Remote pediatric care: Telehealth services make it easier to monitor children’s symptoms without the challenges of in-person appointments.
Wearable telehealth technologies: Wearable telehealth technologies may help doctors better track their patients’ symptoms and make more insightful diagnoses.
As virtual technology advances, healthcare providers will continue to leverage telehealth to better care for their patients based on their unique needs.
The future of telehealth is bright
With telehealth here to stay, Rectangle Health is playing a vital role. We offer digital patient onboarding, customized text messaging, and online payment options designed to help healthcare providers capture patient payments faster and more reliably than ever. Our innovative solutions help practices minimize administrative burdens, communicate with patients more effectively, reduce their accounts receivable, and get paid faster.
Rectangle Health, a leading healthcare technology company, empowers medical, dental, and specialty practices with seamless and secure technology to drive revenue by increasing patient payments and streamlining practice management and payment processing. Since 1993, the company’s innovative solutions have reduced administrative burden and rebalanced the ledger for its thousands of healthcare providers in the U.S., reliably processing billions of dollars in payments annually.
Rectangle Health focuses on keeping practices financially healthy so they can prioritize care. The company’s flagship product, Practice Management Bridge®, interfaces with all existing practice management systems. This innovative platform includes features like contactless capabilities, customizable messages, online payments, patient financing, and Text to Pay that digitize payments and engagement for ease.
Headquartered in Valhalla, New York, Rectangle Health has been repeatedly named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies.
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