Many healthcare industry providers understand that they can increase patient numbers and revenues by leveraging telemedicine technology. While telemedicine is truly convenient for all stakeholders (both patient and physician), it is important to ensure that it is right for you before implementing systems.
Check your readiness right now answering next quastions.
- Define your mission and goals.
Why do you want to use telemedicine? What are your goals? Do you want to develop your practice? Do you want to expand your presence? Do you want to remotely care for patients during the COVID-19 period? Are you interested in saving time or making extra money? Do you think these goals are achievable?
- Identify your patient groups.
Let’s define your target market and form a patient group. Do you want to buy new patients or just communicate better with your existing clients? What regions will your patients be in? What kind of health problems do they have? Will your patients be able to use the mobile application, for example? And what about telemetry devices? Are they a generation of ‘millenniums’ or are they elderly patients with guardians?
- Announcement of telemedicine services
Announce to your patients that you will be practicing telemedicine services. Will they be interested in online counseling or remote monitoring? Find out how relevant telemedicine in any format can be to them.
- Study of telemedicine platforms
When you are looking for a suitable telemedicine platform, make sure that it meets the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requirements. Find out if the platform is a cloud solution, what hardware is required, what are the requirements and training options, what are the billing procedures, if you need IT support, if you can integrate EHR patient data, etc. For example, learn more about Show2Doc. It is a cloud-based telehealth platform that includes software for medical staff, mobile application for patients, and medical devices kit (optionally). Show2Doc provides online guides, as well as multilingual technical and users support 24/7.
- Get a demonstration of the telemedicine system
A demo or a software trial will help you decide. Some providers of telemedicine and telemetry IT solutions are ready to offer a free online demonstration, webinar, online-consultation, and even free sample. Book a free demo with IDIS2GO — a telehealth medical diagnostic system which consists of software and portable madecal devices for vital signs diagnostic.
- Get legal advice
It is desirable to get legal advice on your telemedicine contract. Also, it is recommended to have at hand the services of a legal adviser.
- Assess needs and identify resources
Identify the resources that you have and those that you will need to purchase. At this stage, you will also need to determine if you need additional staff.
- Equipment and machinery
To facilitate your telemedicine practice, make sure you have the right equipment and a stable internet connection.
- Preparedness to learn
Telemedicine solutions require a certain training phase. You may need to take time to study processes and acquire the necessary skills. But in most cases, mastering systems is easy and fast.
- Participate in telemedicine communities of practice.
As soon as you’re ready to immerse yourself in the process, you should join the telemedicine community. If you don’t find people doing this in your area, it is wise to use social media to communicate with professional colleagues. Follow different organizations on Facebook, XING, Twitter and more. Also, participate in online telemedicine events.
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If you have more “yes” answers, you are ready to implement telemedicine solutions.
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