While telemedicine services were made necessary by the COVID-19 public health emergency, people continue to embrace them even now that the pandemic is over.
Telemedicine has many benefits, including saving you the trouble of driving to see a healthcare provider – an important consideration when you’re already feeling under the weather. But one of the key benefits of telemedicine is that it saves precious time, especially when dealing with minor medical concerns (think cuts, scrapes, UTIs, cold and flu symptoms, headaches, nausea and more).
Access to virtual care available 24/7 can be a game-changer for time-strapped professionals. Here are some ways in which telehealth helps save time.
It’s significant to note that different people may have different experiences depending on the health concern they need attention for and their medical care provider.
Even prior to the pandemic, research conducted by a children’s healthcare provider revealed that patients who opted for telemedicine for sports medicine appointments saved almost an hour (51 minutes) on average per appointment. A more recent 2023 study suggested that patients with cancer saved an average of 2.9 hours of travel time and 1.2 hours spent at the clinic per visit.
Try these tips to ensure that your virtual care appointment is as smooth and efficient as possible:
Telehealth helps patients in a big way as it makes virtual medical care more accessible across a wider geography and may save time for patients too.
Whether it’s shaving hours off typical wait times at urgent care or doing away with the time spent in travel, telehealth can help patients make the most of both their time and their virtual care appointments.