Telemedicine’s Growth And its Affect on Healthcare for Sr.’s
Topics Touched in How Will Telemedicine Impact the Future of Sr. Healthcare:
- Telemedicine’s Growth And it’s Affect on Healthcare for Sr’s
- The Purpose of Telemedicine in Senior Healthcare
- A Brief History Overview of Telemedicine
- What Are The Different Types of Telemedicine?
- Concerns TeleHealth Raises for Senior Citizens
- Answers to Questions Seniors Frequently Ask
- Final Thoughts on Telemed’s Impact on Sr Health
Telemedicine’s Growth And its Affect on Healthcare for Sr.’s
“How will telemedicine impact the future of senior healthcare?” Is a legitimate question that is currently being answered more and more. The answers are being provided by real time data from seniors who are using these types of health care appointments or eVisits. And it would appear a number of these changes are going to effect the future positively.
Telemed isn’t providing positive results in some healthcare scenarios regarding seniors. But it’s keeping the vast majority of elderly patients that try it comfortable and healthy at home. And not stuck in an ER, some hospital or an assisted care facility during their golden years. Which is just one of quite a few positive affects this technology is providing to elderly patients, their families and also their caregiver’s.
Which appears to be leading the elderly to live longer. It’s also effectively reducing out of pocket costs and Improving patient satisfaction.
And I’m sure we can all agree no living creature should have to concern themselves with whether or not the necessary healthcare will be available. Or if it will come with a price tag that’s affordable or unrealistic to the budget they live within.
So let’s take a look and try to answer how this not so new technology is impacting the future of Healthcare for the elderly. And, we’re going to do this by looking at a few different subjects directly related to effecting the future of virtual visits.
The Purpose of Telemedicine in Senior Healthcare
Telemedicine, also known as telehealth, is an invention that provides healthcare access much easier for senior citizens while serving several other purposes as well. .
The first purpose that comes to mind is seniors no longer have to worry about finding rides to the Dr.’s office. This reduces the strain of travel and the costs. Just the member’s of our staff can’t count the number of times we’ve heard about and helped a senior who needs help getting to an appointment.
The next important purpose of Telemedicine in Sr. healthcare is to provide effective, efficient and safe healthcare while the senior is at home. On top of keeping seniors in the home it also improves accessibility to medical services for seniors in rural areas.
And not just rural areas but for those in nursing homes and other types of assisted living facilities for seniors as well.
Transportation to and from their necessary appointments and check-ins or monitoring is no longer necessary. And this is reducing the need for unnecessary hospital visits, no matter where the patient lives.
And let’s not forget in multiple cases seniors have caregivers or family members in the role of caregiver. At home E-visits are mitigating the stress levels of the at-home caregivers. This is reducing the burn-out and other hard side effects caregivers deal with too.
The next purpose served is monetary. Keeping the costs seniors are incurring for medical services at an affordable rate.
How Long Has Telemedicine Been Around?
While the Telemedicine industry has seen substantial growth these last 5 years it has been around a lot longer than that. And its recent growth is due to a number of reasons. Mdportal(dot)com actually has a great article about the history of telehealth or teledoctor, as some call it these days.
Their article goes a lot deeper into the history and the various advancements over the years. In fact it actually goes way deeper than I ever intended to. So if you’re interested in the history of telemedicine or it actually bares weight on your choice to use it or not, read this article: http://mdportal.com/education/history-of-telemedicine/
What Are The Different Types of Telemedicine?
Telemedicine appointments are provided for the management and care of the following types of diseases and conditions;
Heart Failure Transitional Care: Caregivers and family members are using E-visits for advice about everything from dispensing a medication and dietary needs to what physical activities are safe for their patient or loved one. They’re also finding help with managing stress and even how to stay on top of a treatment regimen following a recent heart failure episode.
Management of Chronic Disease: Including dietary problems, mental or physical changes and/or how the disease is progressing, Teledoc helps the in-home caretaker report necessary information to healthcare providers. Caretakers are using telehealth to keep track of medication.
Palliative Care: As their condition continues to deteriorate Teledoc can be used for condition reports by caregivers and/or family members. These services can also provide valuable advice, feed back and comments or suggestions from medical professionals like doctors and care nurses.
Primary Care for Frail Individuals: Many of these patients have trouble leaving the house or even moving for that matter. Using telehealth for consultations on their primary healthcare issue will provide a means and far less wear and tear. Not to mention get questions answered about things like accident prevention/management or concerns about medications and other various issues.
Family Members & Caregivers Can Use Telemed Services: Family members or caregivers can deliver better care or provide better treatment for a range of diseases that seniors are usually affected by. Several cases will still require in-person visits. However telemedicine gives families and caregivers direct access to healthcare professionals. So, when they have a question they can easily speak with a physician or specialist.
This is by no means is an all inclusive list of ways seniors, family members and caregivers can use telehealth programs. E-visits lower the number of in-person visits while lowering or removing care expenses like travel. It also reduces ER visit numbers and improves overall patient/caregiver satisfaction.
With more boomers reaching retirement age, more families are going to use digital healthcare services to help provide affordable care for their elderly family member.
Concerns Telemedicine Raises for Seniors
If you’d like to view the full results of the study visit the PDF via the link below. You can find the concerns section we reference in the infographic above on the second page under the second subheading.
However, When 400 Seniors Age 65 Years And Older Who Have Tried a Telemedicine Visit Were Surveyed The Results Were by Far More Favorable
……….Favorable for E-visits, Telehealth, Teledoc or Teledoctor, Telemedicine, Virtual Visits and any other name you might know them by.
A shade more than half, 52% or 208 of them, are willing to use telehealth services again. And 73% or 292 of the respondents who had a telemed visit said that access to faster healthcare service was the reason for their willingness to use the technology again in the future.
While almost 6 in 10, 54% of the seniors polled, thought that a Teledoc appointment was a great way to save time and money. And 212 of the senior respondents or 53% saw it as better access to providers.
What a difference actually trying something and finding out for yourself can make? I guess the saying is true. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Find out what’s inside it first.
Answers to Questions Seniors Frequently Ask
There are a number of questions seniors ask when it comes to telemedicine Dr.’s appointments or E-visits. Telehealth, Teledoc, Virtual Visits and the many other names it goes by get more attention everyday. As mentioned earlier, especially in light of the recent Covid-19 pandemic.
Here a five of the recently most frequently asked questions. If you have a different question or just want to see more answers visit our Senior Citizens Frequently Asked Questions About Telemedicine page.
Questions Frequently Asked by Seniors About Telemedicine
Here’s the quick answer, yes Medicare Does Pay for Telemedicine. Now for the answer’s longer version with the specifics for the readers whom prefer it this way.
Medicare Part B a.k.a. the Medical Insurance covers certain telehealth services. Medicare made these changes to telehealth in 2019; You can get Medicare telehealth services for faster diagnosis, evaluation, or treatment of symptoms of an acute stroke no matter where you’re located. If you’re being treated for a substance use disorder or a co-occurring mental health disorder, you can get Medicare telehealth services from home. Medicare also covers virtual check-ins and E-visits.
To Learn More Visit: https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/telehealth
A telemedicine call, or an E-visit, is usually a faster and less expensive alternative to visiting a doctor’s office for appointments. However the amount of time necessary with your doctor for him/her to correctly diagnosis your ailment(s) can vary. It depends on a various number of reasons coming back again to what is ailing you. Overall though, how long have you had to wait to be seen on average when you’ve made office visits before?
Almost anything Can be Treated with a Telemedicine call. If a trip to your Dr.’s office can treat it a E-visit can too, in most cases. Here is another list that is not all inclusive. There are many other illnesses, diseases and conditions treatable by a teledoc visit.
Here’s a short list;
Refills of Your Prescription
Coughs and Colds
High Blood Pressure/Hypertension
All the medications your urgent care or emergency room can offer you are medications a TeleDoctor can prescribe for you, too. Except for narcotic pain killers and similarly classed drugs. These are the rules in order to protect our customers. You can also easily get access to hundreds of high quality supplements and daily vitamins at exclusive prices.
The co-pay part of visiting your Dr’s office doesn’t exist with telemedicine Dr. visits. Deductibles are non-existent in the telemedicine world as well. In other words, the deductible you have to satisfy to receive benefits is zero dollars. You can just hop on your phone and visit the Dr. anytime of day, anytime you need a Dr..
Final Thoughts: Telemedicine’s Impact on the Future of Sr Healthcare
At the beginning of this article we asked, How Will Telemedicine Impact The Future of Senior Healthcare?
And while the recent major growth in senior telemed use is mostly due to the Covid-19 epidemic, it is serving very many purposes quite well in the senior care market.
And it’s not that surprising Telemedicine Healthcare is single-handedly advancing the industry for the care and needs of seniors. Telemed is actually having a positive effect on all age groups as well. Which the recent CoronaVirus scare has evidenced in the statistical data.
Above and beyond that it’s no secret Healthcare costs grow exponentially every year, especially in the senior market. But, once again due to advancements in the Telehealth industry we’re seeing more money stay in the pockets of senior consumers. Tough to say how fast the trend will continue to spread with seniors as The CoronaVirus mania dies down.
But one has to believe these positives effects are being noticed by some seniors. And, one can see how with today’s younger generations fluent in cellphone use and practically tied to social media, telemedicine numbers are set to grow.
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