Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth’s role in medical care has grown exponentially, to the point where some might prefer to take care of their medical needs virtually.
Doctors’ visits are being done via zoom, as well as other forms of risk assessments. While there is no substitute for an in-person evaluation of patients and their conditions, the necessity for telehealth has sparked a growth in that space that seemed unimaginable less than a year ago. There are still question marks regarding telehealth and its staying power in the medical space. Is it as effective as seeing a doctor in person?
According to managedhealthcareexecutive.com, risk assessments via telehealth, as opposed to in-person, are no different. Nevertheless, the frequency in which diseases are diagnosed has changed. For instance, vascular disease was the second most common disease diagnosed with in-home visits, while it dropped to seventh with telehealth.
In contrast, Major Depressive, Bipolar and Paranoid Disorders is the second most commonly diagnosed condition through telehealth while placing sixth among diagnoses during in-home visits.
As time goes on, we may discover that offering patients a choice between in-home and telehealth visits allows us to increase the number of care options available. It is possible to remain confident that the assessments provide a similar patient experience no matter the method of visit, while still maintaining the same health standards that were in place before.
Like all things right now, it is impossible to know what the future holds when it comes to health. But one thing is sure, the digital revolution that has taken place over the past year will continue to grow and have an impact in the healthcare space. Even if people begin to go back to the doctor’s office for check-ups, it will be done with the increased use of digital technology.
While not everything has gone in the right direction during the pandemic, some things have been improved drastically in the tech space, forcing us to use our capabilities for the greater good.
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