The Coronavirus has us fumbling through the gray, trying to figure out what our next step should be. Since the vaccine for the virus is still under development, the only thing we know right now is to follow the preventive measures WHO has listed on its website
But while wearing a mask, using sand sanitizers and washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds is essential, so is practicing social distancing.
If you’re a healthcare expert or own a hospital, it’s essential to keep both your patients and other healthcare experts safe. This is where telehealth steals the spotlight.
But the million-dollar question is: why should you add telehealth to your COVID-19 plan?
Here are four reasons why:
Unfortunately, there aren’t nearly as many kits available for testing for COVID and patients suspected of having the virus risk spreading it to others. Therefore, it’s essential for hospitals to completely isolate them from healthier patients. In fact, 30 percent of physicians are considered to be vulnerable to the virus.
Unfortunately, we can’t be 100 percent sure that we’ll be able to contain the virus in one place. That’s exactly why hospitals should start offering telehealth services.
Doctors and nurses can interact with patients through video call or phone calls. This reduces the risks of patients and doctors contracting the virus.
Another benefit of telehealth services is that doctors and patients can have one-on-one interactions. This allows doctors to properly diagnose their patients, without rushing through the appointment.
The patient can then take their time to discuss all the problems they’re having. The appointment will only be scheduled when the physician is available so patients don’t have to worry about waiting at the hospital for hours and risking exposing themselves to the virus
Patients don’t have to worry about having to step out of their house, especially when they’re too sick to do walk or drive. They can simply schedule an appointment with a remote physician and get the urgent care they need.
The physician can guide them and through telemedicine can administer medication, if needed.
The U.S. government has passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes telehealth. This means that telehealth services and programs will be funded by the government. If you’re planning to include telehealth into your hospital’s COVID-19 plan, this is an excellent time to do so.
With that in mind, it’s evident that telehealth services can do wonders for clinics and hospitals. If you’re a healthcare professional and are looking for telehealth service providers, feel free to send us a message.