The impact of telemedicine on your healthcare practice is quickly becoming one of the most significant changes of the medical care industry. Although technology has been an advocate of extending the reach of medical services to more rural and remote locations, many professionals in the healthcare profession still do not see the value of using telemedicine to provide their patient care. They argue that remote patient care requires the same amount of investment as face-to-face patient care, yet the results are often less effective. Telemedicine can extend the reach of your medical services, but it cannot replace face-to-face interactions between a doctor and a patient. The only way that telemedicine can be used successfully to improve patient care is if its used with a well-designed telediagnostic service and a well-tailored telemedicine policy.
Telemedicine services extend beyond extending the reach of your primary care physician. In order to maximize the potential of telemedicine, your office must have a well-developed in-house telediagnostic service as well as a well-developed in-house telemedicine policy. The first step in ensuring that your office has the resources it needs to serve your patients includes developing clear goals and a detailed plan for fulfilling those goals. A clear understanding of the services that your patients require as well as the resources available in your medical practice will allow you to decide which technologies you will use and how to best utilize those technologies to provide your patients with the highest quality care.