How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Driving Demand for Telehealth Services

As governments impose strict restrictions to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, delivering healthcare services has become significantly challenging. Hospitals are moving towards home care facilities to reduce the number of hospitalizations, as a result, telehealth has taken the spotlight.

Due to limited health system resources and patients hesitant to receive in-person treatment due to COVID-19, virtual, and home care adoption has increased dramatically.

How does it Work?

Telehealth services are being utilized in many different ways during the pandemic. But there are four main categories of telehealth services:

  • Remote Patient Monitoring: Mostly used for chronic disease patients as individuals fill out forms about their health conditions and forward them to healthcare providers. Based on the collected data and disease symptoms, healthcare professionals advise the patients.
  • Asynchronous: Also known as Store and Forward. The results, interviews, clinical training, and other medical data is electronically stored for patients to review at a later time.
  • Synchronous: Live-video conferencing between the patient and healthcare professionals. This lets them communicate for consultations and training in a way similar to face-to-face meetings. This service is also utilized for patients in Intensive Care Units.
  • Mobile Health: This is the use of apps and software for disease management.

Why is there a Demand?

  • These healthcare services enable interaction between patients and healthcare professionals while maintaining social distancing.
  • Reducing infectious exposure mitigates the threat of COVID-19.
  • Remote patient monitoring allows experienced medical personnel to observe and aid patients in chronic disease management.
  • Improved and inexpensive healthcare access for the rural and elderly population.
  • Using telehealth services, individuals can not only seek physical health treatment but therapy as well.

A Silver Lining?

As the pandemic forces people to turn to telehealth services, they are simultaneously beginning to realize the pros of these services such as:

  • Relatively lower treatment cost compared to in-person visits.
  • A customizable interface, which can be modified according to the unique needs of both healthcare providers and patients.
  • Patients can contact their medical supervisor immediately, which saves a lot of time as e-prescriptions are more convenient.
  • With telehealth advancement, several healthcare issues such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, COPD, etc. can be better diagnosed and monitored.

It is safe to conclude that the pandemic had an immense impact on the telehealth industry, mainly because of the contagious nature of the virus. Globally, international healthcare organizations, hospitals, and governments are encouraging healthcare delivery via telecommunication or telehealth services rather than in-person visits.

Crowded hospitals and ERs may be hot spots for transmission of infection, so limiting non-essential exposure during the pandemic is necessary to control and minimize the spread. Telehealth is expected to have a more permanent place in the conventional healthcare system even after COVID-19 is over as users and providers recognize its potential.

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