The technology for providing healthcare services through real-time two-way communication between the healthcare provider and patient (virtual visit) is spreading across the healthcare spectrum. The implementation of a simple telemedicine solution can provide benefits to both the patient, as well as organizations that adopt them.
Typically a patient that requires medical attention is often sent to the ER for an evaluation by a physician. Transportation is arranged and staffing is added to accompany the patient. The patient may endure hours of waiting in a foreign environment, disrupts his/her routine and may be subject to unnecessary diagnostics. Telemedicine can help avoid much of this trauma. Early data shows that utilizing telemedicine with individuals with intellectual and development disabilities (I/DD) reduces ER visits while providing immediate access to a physician. The process reduces costs and anecdotally improves staff and patient satisfaction.
Adding a telemedicine solution is a simple, cost-effective way to provide quality care to the I/DD population.