With the changing times, the healthcare industry has also modified itself to keep pace with the new normal. Ever since the pandemic began, people are switching over to telehealth for their medical needs. A US report stated that 81% Americans own a smartphone, so it’s not surprising that mobile health is trending upwards. Initially, it may seem burdensome to adapt to new technology but getting over this fear is definitely worth a lot of benefits.
Here’s how mobile technology is strengthening the healthcare system:
- Saves time- According to a recent US survey, it was found that an individual wastes approx 100 minutes in commuting for an appointment and waiting to be examined by a doctor. Telemedicine speeds up appointment scheduling and also reduce costs for patients as well as for the healthcare provider.
communication-80% of major medical errors occur due to miscommunication among
healthcare teams leading to poor health results. So, it becomes vital to
establish good connectivity networks between patients and healthcare providers
to facilitate digital healthcare. Mobile technology
enables physicians to access electronic health records through mobile carts and
setup virtual appointments. It also helps to boost communication among staff
which leads to increased productivity and improves health outcomes.
retain medical information- 80% of medical information from doctors is
immediately forgotten after trips from the doctor’s clinic which results in patients
not conforming to their treatment plans. This dilemma can be overcome by using mobile
health tools such as remote patient monitoring (RPM), live video
conferencing, online appointment scheduling, pulse oximeters, telemedicine etc.
- 24/7 access- Technology helps us when our resources are limited. Through tele consultation, people can get diagosed and receive treatment support 24/7. This also creates awareness about e-health among people.
- Ensures safety-Telehealth can be an effective way of limiting patient exposure to prevent individuals to be contacted by hazardous diseases during the pandemic. Online healthcare facilities enables affordable treatments and decreases the frequency of in-person patient encounters.
- Sustainability- By optimizing digital health, hospitals can contribute positively to climate change. Sustainable healthcare is the need of the hour and medical waste which causes health risks to the public can be avoided through it.
52% of healthcare
systems are transforming their technology because they want better clinical outcomes.
So switching over to telehealth is a great opportunity for the healthcare
sector to leverage mobile technology and improve the quality of care