Telemedicine is widely considered to be the future of the global healthcare sector for its ability to use digitalisation to deliver reliable health consultations to people from all walks of life, which has been even more crucial following the outbreak of Covid-19.
Telemedicine is essentially used to describe the process by which a patient receives healthcare services from a provider through technology rather than in person. Being able to access such technology through the platform brings about a number of benefits and positive outcomes.
First, telemedicine allows healthcare workers and professionals to reach people even from the farthest corner of the globe. This leads to faster diagnosis and improvement of overall mortality rates as it removes the need to schedule an appointment and effort and cost that may be associated with visiting centres. This will also improve the quality of healthcare services people who are in remote locations are able to get to. This serves to level the playing field, as everyone will have the ease of access to the best available medical professionals.
Secondly, this will also reduce the cost of getting treatment. This is especially important in view of the final challenges posed by socio-economic problems as it reduces cost all around. As patients are being monitored at the safety of their homes, it reduces the need to spend for travel while giving them a chance to get ahead of their illness.
Thirdly, in the overall scheme of climate change mitigation efforts, telemedicine can contribute greatly to reducing carbon footprint of both the patient and medical professionals by minimizing the travel needed for hospital as well as transfers unless absolutely necessary. This would lead to astronomical savings in fuel and energy.