Telehealth Still Set to See Utilization Post-Pandemic
At the beginning of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, telehealth use exploded across the c...
Telehealth has been essential throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers everywhere are embracing telemedicine software and technology to continue caring for patients. Senior patients are considered high-risk during the pandemic and need extra safety measures to avoid the coronavirus. In order to stay safe, many seniors have turned to telehealth. With many senior citizens experiencing one or more chronic conditions, frequent medical attention is necessary. Telehealth technology is helping them to continue getting the care they depend on during the pandemic.
How Telehealth is helping Seniors in 2020:
Increased Medicare Coverage
CMS announced that they would cover a wide variety of telehealth services during the pandemic in an effort to keep patients safe. This made it possible for seniors to start using telehealth as an affordable care option. What has happened as a result is that seniors are starting to prefer a virtual visit to an in-person visit. It keeps them home during a time where their health is at a higher risk and allows them to keep getting important care from their healthcare providers. Increased coverage made it possible for seniors to finally utilize a tool they were previously not eligible to use on a regular basis.
Access to Remote Care
Remote care as an extension of telehealth services has also proven useful to seniors during the pandemic. Remote patient care makes it possible for patients to receive some aspects of their medical care from their home or residency. Remote monitoring technology collects medical data from patients in one location and sends it directly and securely to their providers. It cuts down on the number of visits that seniors have to attend in-person while still giving providers the valuable data they need.
Decreased Travel Requirements
With access to remote care and virtual visits, telehealth decreases travel requirements for seniors. For senior patients, traveling to and from appointments can be extremely taxing. Keeping track of all these details or finding a loved one or help to get you to and from these places is exhausting and unnecessary. Telehealth decreases the amount of time patients have to spend traveling by making it possible for them to get important care, testing, and treatment from home.
Senior patients are losing their lives during the pandemic. The increased number of chronic diseases and compromised immune systems among senior patients make COVID-19 extremely dangerous to them. If a patient has to constantly leave their home to attend different appointments, they are increasing their risk of coming into contact with the virus. Telehealth lowers this risk by keeping the patient safe in their home or care setting.
Seniors everywhere are ready to start using telehealth and remote patient care. Allowing them to stay safe during the pandemic while still getting them the quality attention they depend on; telehealth is making a difference. A quality telemedicine solution is an essential component of helping seniors during the pandemic. To learn more about a quality solution that could help your practice, click here.