Telehealth is important for those elderly patients or rural patients that don’t have the resources or access to go to the doctors or hospitals for continuity of care. Healthcare providers can intervene, monitor, and help via video, or telehealth interfaces. This allows patients to be more independent, builds patients’ confidence and improves patient moral. With the aid of Telehelth, it can save the patient money, time, it can reduce trips to the emergency room and also reduce readmission rates. Telehealth helps with doctors’ visits that can take months to get an appointment. Telehealth brings the patient and the doctor together more efficiently. Telehealth gets important information for those homebound patients so there care can be monitored closely. Some potential risks or issues with telehealth are “availability and cost. You may not have access to telemedicine services. For the provider, it can be expensive to set up and maintain. Though a great and worthy service, telemedicine may be too costly for smaller healthcare facilities.” (Telehealth.com, 2015) Another disadvantage is lack of face to face interaction with
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- Fall '17
- Heintje Calara
- Health care provider , Telehealth