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.
- Better 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.
- Helps 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