Common Myths About Telemedicine, Debunked
As technology advances, telemedicine becomes an easier and more viable option for both patients and practitioners. Patients love the efficiency and convenience of remote diagnosis and treatment, finding it more affordable and suitable for their busy lives. Health practitioners benefit from more streamlined systems and processes. However, there seems to be a range of myths out there about the telemedicine model that need to be addressed and debunked.
Keep reading as My Eyelab, one of the nation’s leading optical franchise programs, addresses some of the biggest misconceptions concerning the future of telehealth.
Myth #1: Physical exams are necessary for quality care
While many people believe that one must physically visit a doctor’s office to receive quality care, this is not always the case. Especially for minor conditions, the standard telemedicine model allows doctors to provide advice and a concise and accurate diagnosis after meeting with patients via phone or video. This is often a convenient way for a health professional to give quality care in a manner that is just as practical as an office visit. If exams can be conducted remotely without sacrificing quality of care, doctors can spend more time engaging with patients on a deeper level and enjoying the freedom that comes with a less exhausting workday.
Myth #2: Managing a practice according to a telehealth business plan is not a smart financial decision
From a financial standpoint, practices that utilize a telehealth model have potential to be just as profitable as any traditional practice. In fact, following a telehealth business plan can help improve patient flow and enhance efficiency in more intricate areas of your operation, including order processing, account management and more. Teleconsulting technology can help you maximize time and resources across your practice and reduce overhead costs in order to see greater potential returns.
Myth #3: Telehealth only encompasses urgent care
Many people only associate telemedicine with urgent care, thinking that patients only use it as a last resort or when they encounter an unexpected issue. However, that is far from the case. A recent Harris Poll survey reported that 60% of consumers interested in telehealth said they’d be willing to see a doctor remotely for help managing a chronic condition. This number, as well as the number of people engaged in telemedicine, is expected to skyrocket, as it is becoming a more commonly integrated part of health and medical systems. My EyeLab customers find comfort in knowing that they can access quality remote eye care, whether they are looking to resolve a chronic condition or pop in for an annual exam. This assurance sets our franchisees up to see consistent business.
If you’re interested in starting your optical business and investing in the future of telehealth, contact My Eyelab today to get started with your own optical franchise.