Usage of Telemedicine in Different Medical Specialities of Healthcare.
Telemedicine is a term used to represent different technologies to deliver medical services including remote patient monitoring, e-consults, and 2-way interactive videos.
The COVID-19 pandemic suddenly saw the rise of telemedicine in almost all medical specialties. A specialty of healthcare greatly influences a physician's preference to use telemedicine for patient interaction and also the modality of usage varies depending on the specialty.
Fortune Business Insights have forecasted that by 2026 the Telehealth market demand will reach USD 185.6 billion. Radiologists, psychiatrists, and cardiologists use telemedicine the most to interact with patients while gastroenterologists, Ob-gyns, and immunologists use them very less. Emergency physicians, pathologists, and radiologists use telemedicine for consultation with other doctors.
Doctors - Patients Telemedicine - Since telemedicine has made doctors easily approachable, patients do not hesitate to contact doctors sooner, and this leads to better health outcomes for patients.
Doctor - Doctor Telemedicine - Doctors can easily consult other doctors in the same field faster and can work together on the best ways to treat a patient.
The implementation cost involved in telemedicine is a discouragement for small healthcare practitioners for not preferring it and also the fear that they may end up not getting compensated for the consultation provided. Due to the changing scenario in Telemedicine, changes are being made to the existing rules, allowing practitioners to get paid when they use telemedicine like remote patient monitoring and e-consults.