8 reasons why online doctor consultations are the future of healthcare

Telemedicine is already here and it is here to stay for a long time. There are numerous reasons why it is the future of healthcare.

8 reasons why online doctor consultations are the future of healthcare
Viktor Simunović, Dr.med.
Dr.med. Viktor Simunović
07 May 2024.

Telehealth is really the future of healthcare. Actually, it is the present and the future. Millions of people are using services of telemedicine platforms every day and this number only continues to grow.

Here are 8 reasons why this trend will continue in the future.

1. Time effectiveness in a busy world

The modern world is fast-paced, and the quest for more efficient and convenient methods in every aspect of life is relentless. People need to find more efficient means of transportation so they can get to where they need to be on time. They need their meals prepared faster so they have more time to eat. Their busy schedules dictate that they be creative in every aspect of their lives.

Healthcare, one of the most crucial sectors, is no exception. People no longer have time to be sick, yet stress makes them sicker than ever.

Telehealth saves time for both patients and healthcare providers. It eliminates the need for travel and dramatically reduces waiting times. Patients can schedule appointments during breaks or at convenient times, thus minimizing disruption to their daily activities and commitments.

Telehealth is particularly beneficial for people in rural or underserved areas. It provides access to specialists and medical care that might not be available locally without requiring lengthy and often costly travel. This is not only time-efficient but can also be life-saving in cases where immediate specialist advice is needed.

2. Cost effectivenes when the prices are rising every day

One of the most significant advantages of telemedicine is its ability to decrease direct healthcare costs. Traditional in-person visits typically involve higher expenses for healthcare providers and patients, including costs associated with clinic space, utilities, and staffing.

Telemedicine also reduces transportation expenses for patients, particularly those living in rural areas or with limited mobility.

Also, patients don't have to take sick leave or time off, which can positively impact their salary and productivity. They can do more work and earn more money.

3. Support for mental health

Mental health in people around the world is deteriorating rapidly. Stress, no time for rest, detachment from friends and family, bad eating habits, and generally low quality of life are having a profound impact on mental well-being.

People with mental health problems are often stigmatized. They don't want to be seen visiting a psychiatrist or psychologist. Telemedicine allows them to do that without leaving their home. They can consult and talk about their problems in a safe environment.

Telemedicine can make people more open during the talk and increase the effectiveness of treatment.

4. Positive environmental impact

One of the most significant environmental benefits of telemedicine is the reduction in carbon emissions. Telemedicine eliminates the need for travel. This shift significantly reduces the number of vehicles on the road, thereby decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Telemedicine also contributes to environmental conservation by decreasing the consumption of physical resources. Traditional healthcare settings often involve extensive use of disposable products such as gloves, masks, and gowns, particularly in scenarios where cross-contamination risks are high. By handling many consultations online, telemedicine reduces the need for these materials, leading to less waste.

Moreover, digital documentation and data storage associated with telemedicine reduces the need for paper, which in turn decreases the demand for tree harvesting and processing. This not only conserves trees, which are critical for carbon sequestration, but also reduces the energy consumed and waste generated during paper production.

Telemedicine can help lower energy consumption in healthcare facilities. Virtual consultations mean fewer patients in waiting rooms, which can translate into smaller physical spaces and less energy required for heating, cooling, and lighting. As healthcare facilities often consume large amounts of energy, even small reductions can have significant environmental impacts.

5. Artificial intelligence integration

AI is evolving rapidly. Even now, it can perform complex tasks like drawing conclusions, analyzing a vast amount of data, or giving advanced recommendations based on previous experiences.

AI can already be integrated into telemedicine platforms to help with diagnostic, personalize treatment plans and monitor patients.

In the future, it can even conduct initial consultations with new patients and gather all relevant information, which can help doctors prepare for the second meeting.

6. IoT integration

IoT devices, such as wearable health monitors, embedded sensors, and smart medical devices, can continuously collect patients' health data regardless of location. This data can include vital signs like heart rate, blood pressure, glucose levels, and oxygen saturation.

The integration of IoT in telemedicine allows for real-time data transmission to healthcare providers, enabling them to monitor patients' health conditions remotely. This is particularly crucial for managing chronic diseases, post-operative care, and elderly care, reducing the need for frequent hospital visits and allowing for earlier intervention if a patient's condition deteriorates.

7. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

AR allows healthcare professionals to overlay digital information (like medical images and diagnostic data) onto their view of the patient. This can aid in more accurate assessments and more interactive patient consultations.

VR could create a fully immersive consultation environment where the doctor and patient can interact virtually as if they were in the same room. This can be particularly beneficial for psychological therapies or consultations requiring a high interaction level.

These two technologies have unlimited applications for the future of telehealth.

8. Blockchain for extra security

Blockchain can enhance the security and privacy of patient data, making it easier and safer to share information between providers, insurers, and patients. Patients can have more control over their health information, including who can access their data and for what purposes.

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