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The Value of Virtual Health & Telemedicine

On October 12, 2021

Now, more than ever, having access to care and services from the safety of home is in high demand.  

COVID-19 has brought a surge to the telemedicine field, but the need and positive outcomes of obtaining virtual care far exceed the global pandemic. Let’s take a look at why this type of care is more than just a trend, but a sustainable, beneficial solution. 

The History of Virtual Care

Virtual Healthcare has a long-standing history. For example, an 1879 article in the Lancet talked about using the telephone to reduce unnecessary office visits, and in 1925, a cover of Science and Invention magazine showed a doctor diagnosing a patient by radio, and had an article that discussed the future of a device that would allow for long-distance video examination of patients. The use of telemedicine has since been wide-spread. 

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the most common condition that demands in-home care is anything that is considered a chronic illness (asthma, lupus, ED, PCOS, etc.)

The Statistics on Virtual Health

75% of healthcare expenditures

Are from Americans with chronic diseases

90% of healthcare leaders

Say their organizations are developing or already have a telehealth application in place today

76% of consumers

prioritize access to virtual treatment options over a face-to-face visit

The Benefits of Telemedicine and Virtual Care Practices

 

Ease of Access

Telehealth services can help remove common barriers (wait times, commutes, etc.) and improve the connection between provider and patient, while simultaneously improving access to care.

 

Better Medication Adherence

Digital tools such as text messaging and email reminders can help improve medication adherence rates in older patients by up to 14 percent, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Medication adherence is a pressing issue in the US healthcare market.

Between 50 and 60 percent of all chronically ill patients have low medication adherence rates, causing about 125,000 deaths annually and costs the US millions in healthcare spending. With reminders for both patients young and old, more people can stay on top of their healthcare routine and never miss a prescription refill or pill reminder again.

Helping Control Infectious Illnesses

Telehealth appointments can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, flu, and other infectious diseases by being able to virtually screen potentially contagious patients from home, lessening the risk of infecting others.  

Chronic Condition and Primary Care Management

People with chronic health conditions require regular visits or check-ins with healthcare providers. Having access to same-day or next-day care from the comfort of home can help these patients get the care they need without causing extra pain or stress. 

More Affordable Healthcare Option

The average Urgent Care visit costs patients around $155. With telemedicine visits, those range from $20-$80 depending on the provider, platform, and condition.  

Saves Precious Time

Telehealth allows patients to save time by avoiding lengthy visits in waiting rooms, driving commutes, or having to take time off work. Additionally, patients can save time having to drive back and forth from the pharmacy by using virtual pharmacy solutions, like GeniusRx.

Convenient Access to Medication

In 2020, mail-order prescriptions and use of digital pharmacy services rose by 21%.

With the GeniusRx pharmacy, we service 200k+ active users a month with easy access to affordable medication.

By removing physical and financial barriers, we are enabling more people to stay healthy by getting the prescriptions they need without ever leaving home—and at insanely low prices. Telehealth services can help remove common barriers (wait times, commutes, etc.) and improve the connection between provider and patient, while simultaneously improving access to care.  

We’re proud to become part of the telemedicine solution.

Check out GeniusClinic, our one-of-a-kind telehealth platform

 

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