As with most technological advances, telehealth is starting to find extreme popularity in the world of medicine. While the benefits for patients seem to be widespread, we clinicians are still trying to wrap our heads around telemedicine benefits for physicians.
From 2008 until 2017, Urgent Care centers were the craze. Remember that? They were popping up on every street corner at a rate even chain drug stores like CVS and Walgreens would envy. During this time period, Urgent Care center usage grew 1,434%. In one decade, that’s quite a number.
While telehealth has yet to hit a number as astounding as this, the model is still in its infancy and looks to match – if not surpass – that of Urgent Care centers. From 2016-2017, usage of telehealth raised 53% compares to only 14% for Urgent Care.
How? The answer is simple: convenience. Urgent Care centers began to swipe patients right out of our daily schedules with their availability and geography and now telemedicine is doing the same thing to them.
What are the telemedicine benefits for Physicians?
For a patient, it’s simple: pick up your phone, click on an app, and have a doctor there to give you an answer. It’s quick, it’s convenient, and gives those patients a lot of their personal time back. And in this world that seems to move faster with each passing day, time is the one thing everyone is looking to save.
The same can be said for physicians.
For those of us working in ambulatory locations or clinics, we know the importance of patient numbers. So when last-minute cancellations happen or no-shows are consistent, those number hurt your overall revenue.
In a brick-and-mortar office, it’s tough to replace a no-show or a last-minute cancellation to ensure you get paid for that time.
One of the telemedicine benefits for physicians? With telehealth, you can replace them. But this isn’t the only benefit to opening yourself to the world of telemedicine. Some others include:
· Expand your number of patients
· Save money on in-office costs
· Increase number of attended follow-up appointments
Still need convincing?
For some of us, the agony of learning new EMR systems is still looming and the last thing we want to do is dive into some new technology that’s changing the face of medicine. After all, patient care worked for years and years before technology came into play.
While we can agree that medicine worked just fine with paper and pen, it’s hard to overlook the fact that technology is becoming more and more relevant in every industry, but especially in the field of medicine.
As with every business, listening to your customers is important to growth. In our business, our customer is our patient and our patients are looking for convenience. So why not give it to them?
At the Physicians Gone Wild retreats, we can walk you through the process to ensure you know exactly what needs to be done for a smooth transition into telehealth. The telemedicine benefits for physicians are too great to overlook. Contact us today to learn more and grow your patient list!