The pandemic has flipped the switch for patients who had grown accustomed to traditional doctors’ visits. But now that many people have tried out virtual care, some are reluctant to give it up. This w
Covid 19 has transformed our lives in so many ways. The reality is that most likely, the pandemic will not end suddenly, and we’ll be dealing with some version of it for years to come.
As we slowly adapt to our new normal, we’ll embrace some changes and reset our lives in many ways. We have noticed some of the shifts in our personal lives and the world around us.
Health care has gone through a complete digital revolution: As the pandemic intensified, more and more providers have switched from in-person visits to telehealth appointments over video chat. Globally in April 2020, telemedicine services increased by more than 35,00 percent, and nearly half of every consultation visit was delivered virtually. Of course, this was a welcome change. Virtual visits have prevented excess COVID-19 exposure and saved others—especially those in rural areas—from a long commute to the doctor’s office.
The increase in remote and telehealth was driven by general fear of infection. Lot of telehealth consultation took place in areas of substance abuse recovery and mental health as well.
What was meant to be a temporary solution worked surprisingly well, at least once they tackled tech barriers? Some clients relied on their own devices before the dedicated platforms and purpose-built suites were launched. For people without smartphones or data plans to support these services, virtual care was out of reach before the suites arrived.
Post-pandemic many clients will prefer to return to face-to-face services. Yet in most cases, virtual visits would make it easier for his clients to access health care. For instance, lack of transportation could stand in the way of someone making their appointment, but that concern goes away with virtual meetings.
Appointment cancellations will be reduced. More Hybrid models will replace the existing singular OPD model. OPD will have two elements and one will be remote and then followed by in person. What happens in an actual scenario that a typical non-life-threatening issue comes up at work or home which needs medical attention. The appointment with the doctor and time off at work combined defers the visit most of the time to next week. This delay has its own downside and risk. In some instances, the problem sorts out by home remedies. Telehealth solves this problem and takes care of issues that never need to be treated and looked at in-person saving everyone financially.
We have watched this play out during the early months of the pandemic. The pandemic has flipped the switch for patients who had grown accustomed to traditional doctors’ visits. But now that many people have tried out virtual care, some are reluctant to give it up. This will force providers to change the model and be ready to service the hybrid way.