Telemedicine is sometimes also called telehealth, e-health, or mobile health. While sometimes healthcare providers offer different definitions of these terms, they are all concerned with healthcare services provided remotely via the web. That reduces the need for patients in the health care facility to be physically present. Patients can instantly have access to chronic disease management, physical therapy, counselling and long-term addiction treatment via smartphone applications, video calls, image sharing and other digital media.
In this blog, we will share four of the main advantages of telemedicine in addiction treatment.
Enhanced Patient Discretion
In recent cases, the opioid epidemic has seen a rise in isolation and uncertainty during the lockdown due to COVID-19. The pandemic also limited access to therapy facilities with installations that aim to minimize corona viral spread. During this uncertain period, telehealth can provide a valuable alternative to in-person drug addiction and behavioral therapy. Considering the social stigma linked to drug abuse and addiction, telemedicine is just what patients need to look for care personally, confidentially and discreetly. It could prove to be an innovative option for patients who suffer from opioid, tobacco, alcohol and other drug abuse and require full discretion from those concerned.
Instant access to Necessary resources
Another great advantage of using the Internet for drug counseling is that telemedicine is instant, unlike scheduling clinic appointments. Web-based therapy completely reduces the time gap between the patient who chooses to seek help and the actual appointment – a time lag that patients have been giving time for decades to question their decision to seek care for their opioid dependency. As soon as the patients are ready, counselors will be prepared to treat them with the telemedicine options.
Enhanced bandwidth for managed consumer demand
Telemedicine can also help with the growing demand for nurses, physicians and other caregivers, as you can understand from all that. Telemedicine News detailed how Congress now aims to extend Medicare’s reach to cover home-based, home-based mental health facilities in its feature on the Mentally Health Telemedicine Extension Act (HR 1301). That is because over 3.6 million people in the United States annually miss or fully miss their health insurance, simply because they can’t move to the physician’s location. Telemedicine can remove these barriers to proper treatment to give patients less time in traffic while still receiving the requisite medical care or advice.
Solves the need for healthcare staff
It is underlined that the healthcare industry needs more practices at all levels and has the skills necessary for the growth of the population. It also stresses the importance of this pro-telemedicine initiative. A business outlook for students graduating in healthcare management from Maryville University found that demand for managers of healthcare and medical services is increasing. The prospects offered American statistics. The Labor Statistics Bureau reveals that between 2018 and 2028, there is an 18% rise. These professionals, employed in different clinical environments, need technical skills to deploy new healthcare systems and technologies successfully. Telehealth services are the future of healthcare for a portion of the historically neglected and shamed community, particularly those with a high need for attention and care to cope with opioid addiction disorders. As Congress is pressing for greater tele medical access, numerous US healthcare providers have raised over $50 billion to build programs in telemedicine. Remote and web-based health care could soon be the standard, and therefore access to much-needed addiction services could be proper and immediate.
It is clear that in the months ahead, as we continue to fight COVID-19, we need to do our best to protect patients physically and mentally. To do that, you need to provide a telehealth system that allows patients to see their needs.