Editor's Note: which features contributions from members of the medical community. These blogs are an opportunity for bloggers to engage with readers about a topic that is top of mind, whether it is practice management, experiences with patients, the industry, medicine in general, or healthcare reform. The series continues with this blog by Jake DiBattista, a territory manager at SimpleVisit, a video service provider for physicians The views expressed in these blogs are those of their respective contributors and do not represent the views of or UBM Medica.
Time is money, and nowhere is this truer than in the world of healthcare.
One of the early advantages of using telemedicine is time savings. Both patients and physicians are utilizing video visits to be more effective with their visits and save time. This is because when compared head-to-head with patients who have the same needs, video proves to be faster than the in-person equivalent.
Video visits are proven to improve the efficiency at which a practice operates and reduce time spent with patients without sacrificing quality of care. Video visits are effective in saving time because they combine charting with patient analysis, reduce late and missed visits, focus on information exchange and improve physician and patient availability.
While these numbers seem to paint a positive picture, it is important to evaluate how this reduction in visit times is actually occurring. Video visits allow physicians to work more efficiently with patients by combining a physician's ability to chart the visit while streaming a live video session, which enables the doctor’s attention to remain on the screen.