Expand your practice with telemedicinePosted: July 15, 2020 - By Elizabeth Velez
Over the past few months virtual healthcare interactions have grown into prominence as a safe and effective way for patients to maintain doctor visits without person-to-person contact. According to CNBC, research from Frost and Sullivan consultants and Forrester Research acknowledge that “March telehealth visits surged 50%,” and are expected to “top 1 billion by year’s end.” This has created new opportunities for healthcare providers. Though in-person appointments remain critical for some providers, telemedicine can help augment practices.
There are some limits to the health conditions that can be treated through telemedicine appointments. Increasing the availability of telemedicine was, by design, to help alleviate the strain on doctors offices during the pandemic. There are also many potential patients that are afraid to head into a doctor’s office in fear of risking COVID-19 infection. Telemedicine accessibility means that your practice now has an opportunity to expand to a larger patient base.
Primary usage for telemedicine:
- Safely consult with new or existing patients to diagnose and evaluate symptoms
- Use follow-up visits to check in more frequently with patients who have chronic conditions
- Provide patient education to guide patients through at-home remedies for common conditions
Telemedicine offers medical practices great value as a useful tool to share important health information and guidance. From diagnosis and evaluation to chronic care management, these types of appointments make telemedicine interactions simple to execute, and can expand access to care during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Common conditions that can be treated through Telemedicine include, but are not limited to:
- Cold, Flu, Allergies, and Sinus Infections
- Bladder Infections
- GI Distress
- Asthma and Bronchitis
- Infections, Insect Bites, Rashes
- Sports Injuries, Sprains and Strains
- Respiratory Infections
Let patients know that you are available for telemedicine appointments
Patient awareness of telemedicine has continued to grow since March, because patients have been encouraged to seek virtual health appointments in place of in-office interactions. Inform patients that you offer telemedicine appointments with a targeted email campaign. Consider creating a segment of clients with conditions, for example, asthma, that can be treated through telemedicine. Exclude patients who have an in-office appointment scheduled within the next 30 days. Another alternative is targeting a segment of patients who have joined your Virtual Waiting List and could benefit from a virtual appointment.
Telemedicine interactions have already proven to grow into prominence, and have provided an opportunity for many practices to expand. If you haven’t added a telemedicine option to your practice, it’s not too late! It’s simple and effective. Learn more about Demandforce Telemedicine here or call 1-800-246-9853 to schedule a demo.