Benefits of Telemedicine for Doctors and Patients

Easy access to specialists 

Not everyone has an ongoing relationship with a doctor they can call when they need one. Many online medical networks offer round-the-clock access to all kinds of specialists, without an appointment, at any time of day or night. 

Lower cost 

Doctors and therapists can be expensive, even for people with good health insurance. Telemedicine appointments typically cost less than in-person visits do. This reduces out-of-pocket costs, removing a barrier to care. 

Medical access for people in underserved urban areas 

The trend of hospital closures in inner-city neighborhoods has affected thousands of Americans, especially communities of color and people without health insurance. 

Telemedicine helps break this cycle by providing a way for people to see a doctor before they get extremely sick. 

Reduced exposure to pathogens 

Hours-long waits in doctors’ waiting rooms with other patients can contribute to the spread of COVID-19, the flu, and other viruses. Telehealth keeps patients at home, avoiding exposure to viruses and germs. This helps protect medical professionals as well. 

No need for childcare 

Parents get sick, too, and it can be challenging to take little ones along to a doctor’s visit. Telehealth eliminates this need, as well as the additional cost of childcare. 

Doctors get to stay home too 

During the pandemic, many medical offices have closed or reduced their hours. Cybersecurity tools such as virtual private networks have enabled doctors and therapists to treat patients safely from their home offices. This access also allows doctors and patients to connect after hours and on weekends. 

Reduced medical overhead costs 

For doctors, telemedicine helps lower office costs, such as the need for front desk help. 

Support for people with chronic conditions 

At-home monitoring tools that transmit readings to medical professionals can signal new symptoms, worsening health, and potential emergencies. This can help people get fast interventions, which may be lifesaving. 

Online psychiatric support 

COVID-19 has made it difficult for many people to see therapists face-to-face. Telemedicine has allowed therapeutic care to start or continue for people experiencing stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. 

Physical therapy at home 

For people undergoing physical therapy, telemedicine allows physical therapists to supervise and view exercises and therapies done with supports in the home. This can help people recuperate from accidents and surgeries more quickly.