Telehealth is the distribution of healthcare services via digital platforms using electronics and telecommunication technologies. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines telehealth as the "delivery of health care services, where patients and providers are separated by a distance”, highlighting its role in “achieving universal health coverage by improving access for patients to quality, cost-effective, health services wherever they may be”.
According to a survey by the American Medical Association, 93% of physicians felt there was some advantage or a definite advantage to using digital health tools in 2022, compared with 85% in 2016.
The survey results show the importance physicians place on validated digital health tools that improve health while streamlining the technological and administrative burdens faced each day in medicine.
Another change in telehealth stats happened from the patients' side: the percentage using telehealth visits grew from 14% in 2016 to 28% in 2019, and then exploded to 80% in 2022.
The number of patients using virtual healthcare services in America has been climbing and patient feedbacks are promising. 94% of patients who have adapted to telehealth during the beginning of the pandemic have highlighted its ease, convenience, and adored the sense of control & empowerment telehealth services provided them over the course of their disease; and even in the middle of 2020, 68% of Americans wanted technology to play a larger role in sharing medical information with their doctor. And thus, the rigid and unalterable structure of healthcare was forced to start evolving and adapting to a more user-centric approach.
Telehealth services empower their patients like no other. The patient is prioritized and given full control of their treatment management. These services shift the focus of healthcare from hospitals and clinics to its users. Patients have access to their doctors any time, anywhere; doctors are able to focus on treatment without the burden of reporting or exhaustion from paperwork. Rather than depending on a patient’s memory of what had happened since their last visit to the clinic, with telehealth remote monitoring services, physicians can instantly monitor any changing measurements or activities done by the patient, even having the chance to send alerts to them when needed.
Benefits of Telehealth
- Improved take-up of digital health tools and services,
- Improve access to healthcare & healthcare professionals,
- Reduce inefficiencies,
- Self-management of long-term conditions,
- Reduce costs,
- Increase quality.
Telehealth services are the future of healthcare, our new “normal”. Since 2014, at Inofab Health, we have embraced the principles & benefits of telehealth and have been working to advance in it using a user-centric approach. With the solutions we provide to digitalize respiratory health, - SpiroClinic Pro, and SpiroCloud - our goal is to ease the lives of respiratory patients.
- "Physicians’ Motivations and Key Requirements for Adopting Digital Health: Adoption and attitudinal shifts from 2016 to 2022
September 2022", American Medical Association, 2022.
- “How to Make Remote Monitoring Tech Part of Everyday Health Care.” Samantha F. Sanders, Ariel D. Stern and William J. Gordon. Harvard Business Review, 17 Aug. 2020.
- “Telehealth Is Working for Patients. But What About Doctors?” Harvard Business Review.