How to Expand Private Practice Using Telemedicine in 2022
Let’s face it, access to healthcare for millions would have been practically impossible if it wasn’t for telemedicine technology. In many ways, people around the world were blessed with the technological benefits of telemedicine, which allowed doctors to consult and care for their patients while adhering to the strict covid-19 protocols that briefly became the new normal in 2020.
Telemedicine presents a convenient way for patients to reach out to healthcare providers through the internet or via a basic phone call. At the height of the pandemic, the use of telehealth was believed to have increased by 78%. This has made many healthcare organizations optimistic about telemedicine’s role in the future of the healthcare industry.
In fact, experts now estimate that almost $250 billion could be spent on virtual care. Private Practices can learn a lot from this growing trend and benefit immensely by adopting the technology as soon as possible.
The Many Benefits of Telemedicine.
There are countless benefits to adopting telemedicine technology. Some of the most prominent benefits are listed below:
- • Convenient for both patients and doctors
- • Access to healthcare for rural areas
- • Probably lowered premiums as virtual care makes the primary care provider the first point of contact.
- • Improved patient outcomes with remote monitoring
- • Improved access to behavioral healthcare, especially in regions lacking mental health care provisions.
- • Transit between home and clinic completely eliminated, thus saving time.
- • No long wait times
How Private Practices can Adopt Telemedicine
Private practices must first determine what services they wish to offer via telemedicine, after which, they should ensure that the service is provided in a simple, convenient, and secure manner.
1. Securing HIPAA Compliance
HIPAA Compliance can be an ideal starting point for private practices that want to implement telemedicine. This means that typical video conferencing solutions like Zoom and Skype won’t be suitable options as they do not adhere to HIPAA guidelines. Instead, you will have to work with third-party service providers that will develop a secure video conferencing platform specifically for your practice.
It is imperative to keep patient information safe and secure, which is not possible with free conferencing platforms like Zoom. So security should be your topmost priority when developing a telemedicine solution.
Private practices won’t have the staff or resources needed to develop a telemedicine solution in-house. As such, it would be wise to find and partner up with a third party like DENmaar to design a telemedicine platform that caters to the needs of your practice.
3. Testing is Fundamental
Once you have the software to conduct virtual visits, do not jump the shark and start providing virtual care right away. Instead, test the solution thoroughly, preferably by experimenting with your staff to make sure the app is functioning appropriately. These tests will help you identify bugs and defects before the platform has been deployed and give you a chance to fix them. You can seek out the help of your app development partner to polish the platform before it is finally deployed.
Employing DENmaar’s Telemedicine Technology
If you run a Private Practice and wish to reap the perks of telemedicine, then look no further than the TeleHealth solution provided by DENmaar to satiate your requirements. Our TeleHealth solution offers a fast and secure method of initiating a teletherapy session with the simplicity of making a phone call.
Our TeleHealth System is HIPAA compliant, offering a secure means of providing therapy or medical e-prescription writing services to patients with ease and security. You can learn more about our TeleHealth system by contacting us today.
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