We know that telehealth has been one of the major buzzwords in the industry when it comes to the innovation that is happening right now and it is also worth noting that the pandemic which has been going on since 2020 has elevated the need for telehealth more than ever because it was not possible for people to go to clinics and telehealth came out as a game-changer during that time. Now, people have started to realize that telehealth has a lot of benefits even if the pandemic does not exist which means that the adoption of this technology in healthcare has improved greatly.
Talking about telehealth, it is one thing to educate the patients on how to use it and then there is the problem of doctors and physicians that provide telehealth services as well. Talking about the same, it has been surveyed that “74.4% of physicians surveyed reported that telehealth was used in their medical practices—nearly three times the share in 2018—according to a recent AMA report showing that telehealth remains widely available”. The report adds that “Videoconferencing with patients was the main driver for the change, as its availability was more than four times higher in 2022 than it was four years earlier, according to the findings of an AMA Policy Research Perspectives report on telehealth (PDF). Just 14.3% of physicians had the ability to use telehealth to videoconference with patients in 2018, compared with 66.3% of physicians in 2022. Meanwhile, physicians reporting use of remote-patient monitoring in their practices rose to 21.5% last year, up from 10.4% in 2018”.
The report also says that “While the immediate need due to the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, telehealth and especially remote visits with patients, has become part of the mainstream way in which physicians deliver care”. The major findings of this survey are as follows:
- 54.9% of physicians were in a practice that used telehealth to manage patients with chronic diseases—up from 9.9% in 2018.
- 49.8% were in a practice that used telehealth to diagnose or treat patients—up from 15.6% in 2018.
- 24.4% worked in a practice that provided patients with after-hours care or night calls via telehealth—up from 9.9% in 2018.