Unplanned emergency visits and hospital readmissions are one of the costliest services in healthcare. Organizations are shelling out billions each year on these easily avoidable visits.
Clinician shortages can create a real health problem for patients living in rural areas with chronic illnesses. A health issue might mean a trip to the emergency room, which can be a costly affair for patients. But with virtual care, patients can now communicate with their doctors living in different cities, which means convenient and cost-effective healthcare.
Virtual care is a lot cheaper than face-to-face encounters. It can help reduce pressures from clinical shortages while also improving the quality of care delivered.
Machine learning and Artificial intelligence (AI), when integrated into remote patient monitoring, can cut down hospital readmissions and emergency room (ER) visits. It is expected that by 2023, enrolment of chronically ill patients in AI-enabled virtual care might result in fewer ER visits.
According to recent research, patients are also becoming increasingly receptive to virtual care and satisfied with telehealth visits with their general practitioners. By leveraging virtual care communication platforms, healthcare organizations are also experiencing great success.
Virtual Care Solving Readmissions Challenge!
Virtual care technology can help address gaps in providing follow-up care, thereby reducing hospital readmissions making care safer and timelier. When virtual care capabilities are available on tablets, smartphones, and PCs, doctors can increase patient engagement and improve care plan post-discharge.
Patients can participate in virtual visits with their care managers using smartphone or PCs. When questions are addressed in real-time, face-to-face appointments are reduced. Reminders about upcoming appointments, diet requirements, and prescription refills can be sent via text or email to patients.
Immediate Access to Care!
Virtual care technology provides physicians with a streamlined, efficient way to check on patients and address any potential issues before they become catastrophic. If a patient presents with a critical condition, the physician can easily incorporate a medical specialist into the virtual visit to get the issues resolved and eliminate the need for unnecessary, costly emergency revisits.
With technology, care managers can also virtually communicate with other physicians to understand new practices in delivering care. As a result, the medical staff can attend the needs of more patients while keeping up to date with innovations in care delivery.