Benefits of Telehealth / Telemedicine?
TeleMedicine increases access to healthcare:
- Rural patients can more easily obtain specialty services.
- Rural patients can stay in their local communities and not travel long distances.
- Rural hospitals can provide a variety of specialty services to include, stroke, trauma, and intensive care services.
- Specialists and other healthcare providers are able to expand their “reach” through telemedicine.
TeleMedicine improves health outcomes:
- Patients can be diagnosed and treated earlier which can contribute to improved outcomes and less costly treatments.
- Patients with telemedicine supported ICU’s experience reduced mortality rates, reduced complications, and reduced hospital stays.
TeleMedicine reduces healthcare and other costs:
- Specialists “team up” with local healthcare providers to improve disease management and improved disease management reduces complications and hospitalizations.
- Nursing Home TeleMedicine reduces costly transports and unnecessary ED visits.
- High cost patient transfers for stroke and other emergencies are reduced.
- Home monitoring programs can reduce high cost hospital visits.
- Transportation savings to patients who would otherwise need to commute to an urban location.
- Missed work income savings to patients who would otherwise need to commute to an urban location.
TeleMedicine assists in addressing shortages of healthcare providers:
- Specialists and other healthcare providers can serve patients in remote, underserved areas using telemedicine.
- School based TeleHealth allows school nurses and other healthcare providers to serve more students at more locations.
TeleHealth supports clinical education programs:
- Rural healthcare providers can more easily obtain continuing education.
- Rural clinicians can more easily consult with specialists.