Providing healthcare services in today’s world includes constant pressure to increase the quality of patient care, keep costs down, educate hospital staff and provide new services.
In healthcare, nothing is as important as giving patients the care they need. But for many homebound or hard-to-reach patients, simply visiting a doctor or nurse can be a challenge.
Benefits for Patients
For patients with chronic conditions, traveling regularly to visit a physician can be a physical, emotional and financial burden. With video conferencing for healthcare (Teleconsultations), patients can be monitored from home via a computer or even a smartphone or tablet while still benefiting from face-to-face appointments with the doctors and nurses they trust.
Another issue many patients have with GP surgeries is the wait time. Many people turn to A&E due to the waiting times and lack of available appointments at their GP surgery’s.
Teleconsultations can help relieve some of this pressure by allowing doctors to diagnose patients without them having to visit the surgery or hospital. Patients can easily book an appointment online and potentially speak with a physician within hours. GP’s can make their way through the virtual queue at a faster rate, but without having to compromise patient care.
Benefits for healthcare professionals
As well as being beneficial to those homebound patients, video conferencing also has huge benefits for the doctors and nurses themselves.
Usually, medical training happens in a meeting room where all doctors put treatment aside temporarily and gather to learn and discuss medical skills. Now, doctors don’t have to do so. They just sit in their own offices, and attend an online medical training via their Windows PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android Smartphone.
Medical professionals who use video conferencing are able to learn faster, access and share knowledge more easily, and develop one-on-one relationships in a more rewarding way. This strengthens the entire facility’s ability to care for patients and improves its reputation and competitive advantage.
Both patients and healthcare professionals have a lot to gain from video conferencing in the medical industry. Not only does it help to reduce costs and wait time, but it can also help diagnose patients quicker and easier.
If your practice or surgery would like to know more about the benefits video conferencing could have for you, get in touch with Remark today.