Has Traditional Medicine Met its Match?

One of the biggest advancements in medical technology is telemedicine. Telemedicine video conferencing allows patients to see their physicians without facing obstacles like child care, transportation, or obtaining time off of work. The telemedicine market earned $240 million in revenue in 2013, and is expected to grow to $1.9 billion by 2018. The benefits of telemedicine are many, but vary depending on each patient’s situation. Here, we will discuss some of the advantages of telemedicine.

Telemedicine is convenient, and can make a great substitute for urgent care visits when a primary care physician is unavailable. For patients who have a cold, a sprain, or other non-emergency ailments, telemedicine can be an affordable, efficient alternative to the emergency room. ER visits can cost upward of $1,500, while telemedicine services are approximately $40 per consultation.

Telemedicine is especially useful for people who need mental health treatment, but who cannot receive the treatment due to a lack of mental health professionals in their area. Approximately 25% of adults in the United States are able to be diagnosed with disorders such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or attention deficit in any given year. Telemedicine helps these people by giving them access to treatment they may not have received otherwise. Studies have shown that patients may even prefer telemedicine psychiatry to traditional therapy. Patients were significantly more likely to keep telepsychiatry appointments, meeting 92% of their telepsychiatry appointments, as compared to 87% of traditional appointments.

Studies have shown that the quality of care received via telemedicine is comparable to that received through more traditional routes. Insurance providers are required to cover telemedicine visits at the same rate as they do traditional doctor visits in 22 states. Whether you live in a rural area, have no car, or are limited in mobility, the advantages of telemedicine are undeniable.  Test drive Wecounsel’s telemental health solution for 30 days and see for yourself.