Reduces Hospital Readmissions
The use of Telemedicine can improve communication between providers and patients, allowing physicians to keep a closer eye on older patients’ overall health. Monitoring in this way can allow providers to discern when patients may be becoming sick or at risk of experiencing medical emergencies. This in turn means that intervention can be provided before a problem gets out of hand and develops to the point where hospital care is warranted. A study which indicated the efficacy of telemedicine in terms of reducing emergency room visits, found that when nursing homes adopt telemedicine technologies, as much as $327 million can be saved every year through a reduction in the need for emergency room visits.
Reduces Costs for Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities
Telemedicine means big savings for both patients and care homes, because consultations delivered virtually tend to cost less, and that’s not to mention the money saved in travel. Telemedicine also improves the quality of care provided at home and curtails the need for costly in-person visits. Second, telemedicine can save caregivers time, with a reduced need for routine in-person visits to providers.
Provides Immediate Access to Specialists
Seniors are at a higher risk for developing chronic conditions that necessitate care provided by specialists. Given that specialists are not always located in every community, travel is often warranted, which can prove difficult for seniors with limited mobility and/or chronic conditions that impede movement. Telemedicine removes this barrier, connecting more seniors with necessary care provided by specialists.
Improves Quality of Care
It’s a rare occasion that Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities can have a doctor in the building 24/7 or are a quick ambulance ride away from the nearest hospital. Telehealth365 gives Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities a way to have someone at the bedside at all times.
Remote Patient Monitoring
Seniors are statistically more likely to experience chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, illnesses that necessitate routine monitoring from healthcare providers. Certain telemedicine technologies can now be utilized by providers to keep an eye on things such as sugar levels and blood pressure. The fact that this can be done remotely curtails the need for routine in-person visits, which can be costly and difficult for seniors who may have mobility problems and/or limited access to transportation.