Doctors and patients alike stand to benefit from the use of telemedicine software like CallingDr, allowing them to offer and receive high-quality care and services.
But given the seemingly slow and then explosive growth in popularity of such platforms, it’s worth examining some of these advantages and understanding how both stakeholders stand to benefit. While individually, there are various perks, there are some that are mutually beneficial, including:
Clearer, more effective communication
Bridging the communication gap in healthcare is one of the biggest challenges today, and given the changing nature of patient-practitioner relationships, it’s no surprise that patients demand better care and services.
Telehealth apps allow for faster, more effective communication. Patients don’t have to wait anywhere between a couple of hours to several months to get in touch with specialists, consultants, and even general physicians.
It makes it easier to report symptoms, developments, changes, and issues, enabling doctors to make referrals or recommendations easily.
Better communication also allows doctors to determine which patient requires a physical or in-person follow-up and checkup, reducing in-clinic patient flow.
The quality of care is infinitely better because patients are more engaged and actively involved in decisions regarding their health and no longer need to make extensive changes to their schedule for the essential service.
Easier access and greater flexibility
Continuing from the point above, the flexibility offered by telemedicine allows patients and doctors to stay more accessible.
Without having to take time off work and other commitments, patients can stay in contact with their doctors from remote locations, thus saving on time, transport, and energy. Doctors, too, can remain more available to patients despite other commitments like traveling.
Appointments can be scheduled outside office hours and on holidays, weekends, or at odd times that suit both parties. This will help patients stay more committed, while doctors benefit from increased revenue—among a host of other benefits.
Better preventative care for patients
Both patients and doctors benefit immensely from preventative care. When you know a patient is high-risk, it’s easier to manage their symptoms and development of potentially life-threatening or chronic conditions.
For patients more at risk of heart disease, diabetes, or other conditions, preventative care can help by focusing on reducing the likelihood of the illness. Through medical and lifestyle interventions, doctors and patients can work together to reduce serious developments, and thus, reduce extensive spending on treatment.
There are several benefits for both ends of the spectrum, as costs are lowered, with less spending on transport, overheads, and various miscellaneous factors, faster service delivery, and much more.