Despite being among the most established systems that a huge proportion of the global population is dependent on, the healthcare market remains at the dearth of services that can effectively serve the growing demands of the human race. We’re all living a hedonistic life. The geriatric proportion is on the rise and diseases are evolving making people of all ages succumb to them. This brings about an obligation for facilities that can prevent, diagnose and treat people in various stages of their life. The insufficiency of trained personnel or experts in underdeveloped regions of the world, where the occurrence of medical conditions is comparatively higher, only aggravates the problem.
The timeline of medical sciences shows significant progress with advancing years, but the burst-out challenges of the current day make the healthcare market demand technological assistance that will optimize the use of available resources. Here is where Telemedicine, in lay man’s terms, virtual care, comes into the picture.
The journey of telemedicine from being a possibility to a necessity
Like most sectors, the field of medicine has been struggling to look for alternative solutions that are rather more economical (in terms of funds and time) and end-user driven. The peremptory challenge is to achieve a worldwide reach for the existing facilities.
Telemedicine, in this scenario, is an advantageous blend of communication technology and healthcare knowledge. Although it did not gain traction immediately after its advent, it had been lobbying around for the past few years. Its importance has eventually been recognized and is now looked upon as a panacea in the medical field.
Market research indicates that internet is no more a luxury and has become a conduit for such beneficial services to reach the remotest of regions. People in far-away places can consult health experts from any set of coordinates of the globe to avail insights for instant decision making. Diagnosis gets quicker and people only have to visit the clinic if the situation deems so. This saves a major part of healthcare expenses for the patient and doctors can invest the extra time availed in the treatment of patients who actually require in-clinic care. A bettered reach also resolves the issue of shortage of healthcare providers.
Given the complication of admission procedures in clinics for inmates, telemedicine can also be useful for providing essential care to them with an improved quality. There have also been trials for its implementation in psychotherapy and ICU care.
Are the opportunities growing?
The American Telehealth Conference 2018 that was held in Chicago recently provided crucial and actionable insights into this field. The conclusion driven by the interactions was that the advent of virtual healthcare as a mainstream service can have a great positive impact on the field of healthcare making it more sustainable for the professionals and more rewarding for the end-users.
The traditional quo of medical services hasn’t been disrupted yet and is continuing to advance apace. Telemedicine is only beginning to enter the turf. The key challenge to a well-established system for it is a payment model that serves both; the experts and the receivers well. Though it has brought about a far-reaching reform, it is yet to be recognized and welcomed well by the patient strata.