A New York doctor explains how he "introduced a whole new level of comfort and tranquility."
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When I was growing up, I saw my father, Dr. Franco Lenna, patient cared for in his clinic. However, the past few months have changed the way health care works, proving that telemedicine is promising. Indeed, it has become a necessity because it reduces vulnerability and allows doctors and nurses to treat more patients. At the same time, it offers those in need more efficiency and accessibility. Not only does it eliminate travel, it also provides seamless clinical support, improves patient outcomes, and overcomes geographic hurdles.
Regardless of whether we are prepared or not, telemedicine is on the way to the future, is slowly increasing in acceptance and will change the future of healthcare as we know it. According to McKinsey & Company, providers in the US see "50 to 175 times as many patients via telemedicine as before".
To investigate this topic in detail, I spoke to Dr. Ari Bernstein, a New York-based doctor and writer who is at the cutting edge of telemedicine. "We have to recognize that telemedicine has reached its peak today and is growing and growing far beyond the usual interactions between patients and doctors," he explains. "For me, technology multiplies the relevance and value of telehealth by achieving the goal of improving people's health, reducing costs, improving patient experience and increasing provider satisfaction while ensuring everyone's safety becomes."
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Greater surveillance, greater access
Dr. Bernstein said that "the use of telemedicine to remotely examine a patient's health has introduced a new level of comfort and rest for healthcare providers and patients alike. It is used to facilitate personal visits to a doctor by facilitating a virtual doctor replace meetings. "
It has also enabled additional monitoring and care that were otherwise not available. For example, patients living in remote areas can virtually consult experts who can monitor and assess their condition and ensure that they receive the right treatment at the right time. Dr. Bernstein warns that "this did not completely eliminate the visits to the doctor, but that the process of physical appointments and telemedicine work together".
With telemedicine, doctors can offer patients or customers advice, health information and services at multiple locations. Overcoming geographic barriers is particularly important in remote areas where people may have to travel hundreds of kilometers to see a specialist care provider, even if they are sick.
"Telemedicine has proven to be practical for constantly monitoring chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure or COVID-19," says Dr. Amber.
Telemedicine already plays a major role in reducing costs. In the past, providers had problems with compensation for telehealth services, but more and more health insurers are reimbursing the fees for these consultations. As a result, patients begin to see it as a viable system.
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Improved patient satisfaction
"With the trend towards consumption and value-based care, it has become more important than ever to respond to the needs of the patient," pleads Dr. Amber. "Telemedicine is attractive to patients with its offerings, which range from lower costs, efficient monitoring and shorter waiting times."
And although I grew up watching my father conduct a more traditional personal practice, I agree with Dr. Bernstein's views emphatically. Telemedicine is a win-win situation for everyone and should continue to gain ground and revolutionize all facets of the health sector.