Know How Telehealth has Impacted Healthcare Scenario Globally

Electronic communication has influentially penetrated in healthcare and has a great impact on patient care. It has incredibly changed the way physicians and patients interact, especially telemedicine. In a recent report by Winter Green Research, Inc., a market research firm based in Lexington, Mass. it is predicted that the market for telemedicine software and devices will increase 736 million in 2011 to $2.5 billion in 2018 and the numbers seem to be progressing as expected.

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This care transition has made medicine available to regions which are void of adequate healthcare infrastructure. Telemedicine employs a multitude of modern technologies to transmit information via audio, video, text, or images that ultimately leads to better healthcare. Patients can connect with healthcare specialists half way round the globe, email MRI scans or arrange a video conference for diagnosis. All what’s needed is – an internet connection. Interestingly, it is now even possible to distantly monitor the glucose levels or blood pressure of a clinic’s patients through a computer screen. Telehealth has raised the horizons for regions without adequate healthcare infrastructure. It helps under-staffed clinics and undertrained practitioners to deliver effective medical care through expert assistance.

The benefits are not limited. They extend from patients to care givers, financers, and various other aspects related to treatment procedures. There is a drastic cost reduction. Telemedicine offers cost savings as travel expenses (that usually amount on the higher side) are immensely reduced. Additionally, it provides a second line of training to junior physicians almost free of cost.

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The global telemedicine market is expanding at an exponential rate. Geographic analysis of telehealth oriented developments show major influences in some areas of the world. A number of factors spur the growth of telemedicine and other related e-health services to ensure better quality Patient Engagement services across the globe. Masses are becoming more aware about healthcare conditions and demand high-quality care, medication and attention. Telehealth relies on the information available on healthcare networks provided by EMR infrastructures that are incorporated in global health measures. This healthcare information exchange is in its young years on the international boundaries and is sure to capture a larger market in the coming years.

LifeCycle Health has taken the initiative of telehealth seriously and encourages extensive participation making quality healthcare approachable. We have accepted this concept of care transition and promote value care and bundled payment models to quench this desire for lower healthcare costs. Visit : http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/get-started/

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Embrace Patient-Provider Communication for Better Healthcare

Research evidences state that there is a strong connection between a healthcare provider’s communicating ability and a patient’s capacity to follow his medical recommendations and adopt preventive health obligations. The physician’s communication skills have a profound impact on the functional and biological health outcomes of the patient. Here, our interests are much beyond just a dialogue between the patient and the provider. The intent is to closely monitor patient’s treatment progress and be available whenever the patient is in need. With the introduction of episode-based care, patients are beneficiaries as they themselves participate in their treatment procedures.

It is just not about the initial communication, there has to be a structural approach to the patient provider communication that ultimately improves healthcare delivery. E-Care is the trend of today and even healthcare has gone digital to an extent where patients and providers do not meet in person, still are so closely connected and the exchange of documents, disease summaries and patient history is done virtually. There are software platforms that bring all – the health-care givers and receivers together and allow them have a dialogue, share documents, and schedule virtual meetings.

DIAGNOSIS

Most of the part of the patient provider communication is made during the diagnosis phase, which is the initial most interaction between the two. Diagnostic procedures and decisions are usually made after the history-taking component.

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E-Portals have made it possible to send images, reports, and other medicine information that is critical for the physician to know before initiating the therapy. It is a critical phase as it is at this time when the patient starts building trust in the healthcare provider. However, studies revealed that patients are often not allowed to share complete details of their medical history; rather the physicians interrupt the explanation, which leads to diagnostic inaccuracy. Apparently, when patients are interrupted, it hinders the relation at the first step.

ADHERENCE TO TREATMENT PROCEDURES

The extent to which patients conforms to the doctors’ recommendations is called as adherence. Certainly, this is one of the most common practice in healthcare – non-adherence. Some disagree with the clinician’s terms, some worried about the cost, some find the instructions too difficult to follow, and some felt that the prescription is against their personal beliefs.

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Episode-based care has eliminated non-adherence to medical procedures as it becomes compulsory for the patient to fill survey forms periodically and assess their own progress. Resultantly, the physician also analyses and suggests better medications and physical exercises that are tracked too. Thus, there is least chance of any negligence or non-adherence to the treatment process.

PATIENT SAFETY & SATISFACTION

Communication among the people involved in either side of the treatment procedures plays an active role in strengthening the relationship leading to a better healthcare service. Any kind of miscommunication may lead to dangerous results on patient care. So, when patient provider communication is proper, patients are expressive and more participative in the treatment procedures resulting in an overall positive therapy.

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Patients want to be better informed about their medical condition, care methodology, and care providers so that they know they are in safe hands and are microscopically observed. With innovative care models, patients are becoming more knowledgeable and satisfied with the care transition episodes they come across.

Even though there is a lot of technical expertise, communication barrier may ruin the patient provider communication

Here are certain things to be considered for healthy healthcare deliveries :

  • Listen to understand: Most of the times doctors listen to their patients only to respond not to understand. Here, they pre-assume things and start manipulating what is actually said by the patients.
  • Take the time to listen: You cannot just rely on the symptoms about the actual medical condition of the patient. You need to ask some things too.
  • Minimize the sense of threat: Be fair enough to make patients understand the causes of their illness, be honest to what you feel, acknowledge their emotions, and involve them in certain decisions so that they feel an important part of the treatment procedure.

Healthcare is now measurable with the generation of figures and statistical data of how the treatment has progressed. All those are involved including the care provider and patient need to be active in all the conversations and complete their part of the job in order to get a comprehensive care outcome data.

No two people are same. So, it is important to treat every individual patient with utmost care. It is vital to communicate with every patient with a new perspective; rather by understanding their individual medical condition. It is only when you build the rapport that you will be able to invest in better healthcare.

LifeCycle Health empathizes with this important criterion in the healthcare providers and patient’s treatment procedures. To know more about our ways of improving patient provider communication, visit our website http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/. We take pride in strengthening bonds within the healthcare industry.

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