The telehealth benefits are becoming more apparent daily as more people in rural communities access this innovative technology. It’s also becoming a more common part of post-surgery care for patients. This new system has already shown great promise for serving these communities and will play an essential role in the future.
New study findings show that patients offered virtual care before and after surgery are much more likely to attend their appointments than those who rely solely on in-person visits. Regular checkups at the clinic keep patients from needing emergency care, often sought after when their illness has worsened significantly.
Telehealth is helpful in the following areas: Maintaining contact with one’s health care provider to receive timely care before and after surgical procedures results in an increase in the level of care provided, a decrease in the overall costs incurred by the patient, and an increased likelihood the patient will achieve and keep a higher level of health.
What Causes No-Show Visits Among Patients?
The lack of reliable transportation is the leading cause of missed patient appointments. Healthcare providers can reach out to patients who, in other circumstances, would face difficulty gaining access to the healthcare system through telemedicine.
Telemedicine initiatives such as giving training to patients and providing more low-tech options, including audio-only, are more straightforward options. This is especially true for patients who stay far away from health facilities.