The remote healthcare system has paved the way for future medicine during this pandemic situation created by COVID-19. In this article, we will discuss some of the essential features of a remote healthcare system, it’s working, and implementation.
- The field of telemedicine emerged out as a result of advancement in the telecommunication sector.
- In today’s world, telemedicine has proved itself to be a prerequisite in this pandemic situation; getting treated at your place is a safer option.
- Patients are monitored remotely through the utilization of different software and applications.
- Real-time readings and Electronic Health Record (EHR) of each patient is maintained.
- A patient portal has been made to address the patients regarding up-to-date information and all kinds of alerts.
- The payments are made through a safe, secure, and reliable channel.
- The remote healthcare system is also a source of reminding patients about their appointment schedules through a simple text.
- The implementation of this system ensures a higher engagement of patients with their medical practices.
What is Remote Healthcare?
Remote healthcare system involves all sorts of Telemedicine or Telehealth services. In this outbreak of the Coronavirus, these telehealth services are proving beneficial in terms of coping up with different medical challenges. Telemedicine or remote healthcare system is leading the medical field with advanced and interactive telecommunication technology. People are now getting diagnosed and treated remotely safer at their homes or offices through the utilization of Telemedicine video visiting.
For the implementation of medical practices, certain key features of this system should be kept in mind. Some of these features are stated below in detail. Let’s discuss them one by one for a better understanding.
Working of Telehealth Services
It accompanies all kinds of virtual medical services, from consultation to its accurate diagnosis. These services are availed through the utilization of a laptop, tablet, or any iOS and Android device.
For Telemedicine video visiting, first, an appointment is scheduled online with the help of a Scheduler. The patient can then join the session at the time of appointment from a private and quiet place of its office or home.
The documentation and details of this remote session are then maintained as usual in Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. This data is saved in the same manner as in the case of an in-house routine checkup.
For complete diagnosis and recovery of a patient, lab testing and other radiology tests can be scheduled online and maintained through the help of an EHR system. The patient is then informed when the results of these online testing procedures are ready.
The treatment options are then discussed with the patient in detail. In the case of medicated treatment only, the prescription of the patient is maintained online that is known as e-prescription.
Both Medicare and Medicaid patients can avail of these telemedicine services. The payment module and the financial policy of billing are discussed with the patient before making an appointment. The charges are then paid in two parts, first as an advance before the virtual meeting and secondly after the successful completion of the online session.
Use of Advanced Technology for Remote Patient Monitoring
The strength of remote healthcare system depends on the utilization of advanced technology for remote patient monitoring. These virtual encounters with the patient are made on an advanced level as the data is recorded with precision. This system ensures real-time readings of blood pressure, blood glucose level, heart rate, body temperature, etc.
This monitoring system strengthens the diagnostic procedures and also reminds the patients with alerts and notifications. The remote patient monitoring creates a higher engagement than usual, as it is more effective in reminding patients to take their medicines timely.
Another effective technique to generate revenue is by reporting and taking the initiative on Transitional Care Management (TCM). This initiative will facilitate the patient in days when in-house routine checkups are affected.
Interactive Patient Portal:
This tool enables the patient to stay in touch with the latest updates on its device remotely. The patient portal acts as an effective communication tool to engage patients in practicing all their medical services with ease.
This portal facilitates the patient to schedule their appointments online and creates a self-serving opportunity to encourage them. The notification alert system helps the patient to be on time and check its reports as soon as they are available online.
This portal can also be used for making safe and secure transactions. It maintains a record of your billing history and outstanding balance.
Implementation of Remote Healthcare in Today’s World
The importance and need for the implementation of an effective remote healthcare system can easily be understood in today’s world. The safety of the patient is the utmost priority of healthcare providers. If the healthcare providers can render their services remotely through the strategized implementation of Telemedicine services, this will serve as a plus point for better patient engagement.
Millennium Medical Billing understands the growing demand for telemedicine and how it may reshape the medical billing and coding protocols. We are here to guide practices on how to get maximum patient telemedicine appointments and reimbursements amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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