Telehealth and Telemedicine Preferred by the “Modern” Patient
A recent study published in Telemedicine and e-Health, reports that “most patients are likely to be accepting of telehealth care in the home that utilizes video and that most have the required technology to access video calls.” Of the patients surveyed, 38% percent expressed that they were “very likely” to consult by video with their healthcare provider. Conversely, 33% indicated that they were “unlikely” to use video calls to meet with their provider, and a majority of those without video conferencing experience reported their preference was to meet with their providers in person.
Improvements in HIPAA compliant video conferencing, greater access to such improved technology and better communication of the benefits of telemedicine will likely contribute to greater usage of that technology. Companies like SnapMD are bringing the needed user experience to market that is sorely needed and will help improve usage.
“Providing patients with an application that is easy use and connects them with their own healthcare providers, they will not only use it, but prefer it to in person visits” says co-founder and COO of SnapMD, George Tierney. “The SnapMD platform is built with the singular goal of connecting healthcare providers with their own patients. Our product is each doctor’s telemedicine program, we just provide the interfacing technology.”