COVID-19 and Telemedicine

Ensure Business Continuity • Protect Your Business and Patients

How was your business affected by the coronavirus? What’s your plan in dealing with patient cancellations and no-shows in the coming months? Are your patients and staff afraid of virus exposure? We can remain in our commitment to help businesses and healthcare entities make better decisions with technology.

As of April 1, 2020, there are 83,712 COVID-19 confirmed cases in New York State and 914 deaths. The effects of shutdowns and the virus are expected to remain, and practices need solutions for business recovery.

Telemedicine is a top solution to protect your patients and practice, and here are reasons why you need this solution:

1. Make Telemedicine as Part of Your Business Recovery Plan

Telemedicine is a top solution to address the challenges posed by infectious diseases such as COVID-19. The future is uncertain, but the effects of this pandemic on healthcare delivery is dramatically changing.

  • The demand for healthcare practices to incorporate telemedicine is surging. 
  • COVID-19 is overwhelming the system and telemedicine prevents overcrowding, and prevent human exposures while facilitating quality-care.
  • Authorities are encouraging the use of telehealth solutions and are relaxing federal laws to facilitate greater reimburesement.

With these three factors above, it’s safe to say that incorporating telemedicine as part of your business recovery plan will help you thrive through and after this crisis.

2. Integrating Proper Billing to Make Sure of Reimbursement

Telemedicine is a top solution to address the challenges posed by infectious diseases such as COVID-19. The future is uncertain, but the effects of this pandemic on healthcare delivery is dramatically changing.

  • The demand for healthcare practices to incorporate telemedicine is surging. 
  • COVID-19 is overwhelming the system and telemedicine prevents overcrowding, and prevent human exposures while facilitating quality-care.
  • Authorities are encouraging the use of telehealth solutions and are relaxing federal laws to facilitate greater reimburesement.

With these three factors above, it’s safe to say that incorporating telemedicine as part of your business recovery plan will help you thrive through and after this crisis.

3. Telemedicine Helps Protect Your Team, Your Patients and Yourself

Telemedicine helps you give patient care through remote consultation. Sick patients can get the care they need from the comfort of their own homes. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus infection. The best way is to avoid exposure and virtual care helps reduce the spread of serious infections.

If a serious disease, such as coronavirus, is suspected using CDC guidelines, physicians can easily direct patients for proper testing, report to health and local departments, and facilitate quarantine. As a result, you saved your team and yourself from imminent danger.

Data security is a major factor to consider since you want to make sure that your patient’s privacy is protected at all times from unauthorized access or hacking. You need not just a telemedicine provider, but one that provides IT security on top of it.

4. Telemedicine Eases the Burden and Links more Patients for Physicians

During busy times or times of pandemic, practices can be overwhelmed by the rapid influx of patients seeking treatment- and think of the potential onslaught they face if the coronavirus continues to spread in New York, New Jersey, and the US.

For many patients, taking the time off from work or school to connect to a doctor is inconvenient, let alone scary in times of public health crises like these. Televisits make it easier for doctors and patients to connect. It can reduce no-shows and canceled appointments, and patients can easily book an open slot in real-time when there are cancelations.

Telemedicine gives patients the ease of access to physicians’ services and peace of mind that they won’t expose or be exposed to contagious diseases. As a result, more patients are inclined to get consultations and providers can drive more revenue. Physicians, then, could treat more patients and reduce exposure to health risks such as COVID-19.

5. Government Authorities are Pushing for Telemedicine

New York state and national authorities are turning to telemedicine as the demand for remote healthcare surges.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York rolled out new measures to encourage testing and remote treatment. The Trump administration eased restrictions and boosted telemedicine as a way to blunt the virus’ impact on America’s health system. Telemedicine is now being viewed as a long-term healthcare solution.

There were many restrictions and hesitations on telemedicine before, both from federal and state regulation, as well as doctors who were hesitant to treat online. But the current crisis poses a potential turning point to expand the adoption of telemedicine. The coronavirus outbreak puts telemedicine ‘back into the picture’.

On March 17, 2020, CMS released guidance that allows patients to be seen via live videoconferencing in their homes. 

6. Telemedicine Prepares your Practice for the Future

Robotic medicine and remote care may be the weapon the world needs to combat not just coronavirus but other life-threatening diseases in the future. Robotic devices and camera technology are being used with coronavirus patients and in broader communication during the crisis.

The world is rapidly innovating telemedicine and hospital automation, especially China and Italy, which are experiencing tough challenges.

The world may simply not forget this health crisis. Coronavirus will influence a new direction for the healthcare market, and preparing your practice by investing in telemedicine can help you stay ahead.

As an IT company in New York, we can help you do business in a safe way with Telemedicine.

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