8 Steps to Succeeding with Telemedicine
From regular health monitoring to the emerging need to consult with a doctor, the telemedicine is breaking down barriers to healthcare around the world.
Extending healthcare with telemedicine can improve patient outcomes and significantly reduce costs for both parties. At the same time, it relieves the uneven pressure on the healthcare system. But for some clinicians, telemedicine is still a mystery - often because they aren't sure how to get started.
Many still think of online medical consultation as limited to a chat or based on a note of preset symptoms. Modern telemedicine tools allow for audio-video consulting in a virtual office in real time, data exchange, including imaging, visualization of data from diagnostic medical devices and more. Other providers worry that adding online technology solutions will be too complicated or time-consuming - but modern solutions are so easy to navigate that clinicians and patients can immediately connect and focus on treatment.
We offer you 8 steps to getting started and succeeding with telemedicine
1. Know your options.
Although online audio-video counseling can help you solve a number of problems quickly and efficiently, you do not have to diagnose patients based on the symptoms you have been reported. The ability to securely transmit medical information such as lab results, X-rays, videos, or MRIs for evaluation helps support evidence-based opinion. Integrated diagnostic medical devices also provide valuable information. You can monitor chronically ill patients at home by remotely collecting data such as blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, weight, or oxygen levels.
2. Develop a strategy.
Before diving into telemedicine, it is important to clarify your goals and have realistic expectations. For example, will you make up for the shortage of infectious disease specialists? Do you have patients who have difficulty moving to your office? Do you want to reduce the overcrowded waiting rooms in front of the office and have time for cases that need your intervention? Do you want to provide health care for everyone in the country so that people and remote places have equal access to you?
3. Learn about payment methods
For example, you can choose prices for different types of online consultations. All forms of telemedicine have different policies. Find out if insurance covered consultancy is available and what range of services they reimburse. And keep in mind that, in addition to direct revenue, the use of telemedicine can increase patients' confidence, find unnecessary travel on both sides, and even lead to cost savings.
4. Seek technical advice
Find out how your telemedicine program will interact with other existing softwares and communications networks you use. Companies offer integration with much of the specialized software used. Discuss where and how the data will be stored. Clarify the need for a camera or microphone replacement and anything that bothers you in a free technical consultation with your telemedicine solution provider.
5. Evaluate telemedicine solutions
The telemedicine solution needs to meet your expectations and needs. Evaluate it by answering a few questions: How flexible and end-to-end is the solution, or is it mostly written asynchronous communication? Does it offer additional evidence-based consultation options in addition to real-time audio-video calls? Will I have to engage a third party to provide this telemedicine solution? How far can the solution grow and evolve with your needs?
6. Try it
In many places, there is a test period that we recommend you take advantage of. Practical sessions can test the functionality of different clinical situations and help staff feel comfortable using the solution. Also, remember to polish your "look" by wearing solid, neutral colors, learning how to make eye contact with a patient on a video visit, and learning best practices for virtual communication.
7. Explain it to your patients
Many patients are not even aware that telemedicine exists, so tell them about your program during appointments and through emails and flyers. For seniors or patients with disabilities, communicate with their caregivers as well - and reassure all patients that their data will be safe. Some municipalities also support their populations by providing them with technical access and privacy for health consultation.
8. Don't stop informing yourself
Telecommunication devices and software continue to advance. Clinicians are always finding new ways to use remote care. Keep in touch with the industry and your supplier. Follow vendor blogs and specialist publications, restrictions, and more.
With no startup barrier and minimal required, telemedicine offers every time to use resources efficiently in one with quality care. Apply new and up-to-date approaches, lighten your schedule, and protect your health.
We are here to answer your questions and help you find the right telemedicine solution for your practice. Call (+359) 887 887 959 or contact us online.