The key to transforming healthcare is to make access to quality care convenient and easy. Virtual health uses technology, analytics, and convenience to empower patients and overcome major barriers to care.
Real transformation in healthcare is being fueled by virtual care delivery, which is changing the way patients access and experience quality care. Virtual care tangibly improves healthcare by overcoming a host of barriers to quality care ranging from geography and long waits to inconvenience and integration.
So, how is virtual health doing for healthcare what was once considered unlikely or maybe even impossible? Virtual health has evolved from a sparse specialty offering into a robust, easily accessible and comprehensive engine that changes the healthcare paradigm from just reactive and infrequent traditional care to the addition of proactive and convenient virtual options. Today, virtual health delivery includes expansive clinical services ranging from expert second opinions for the most complicated medical conditions to the use of AI and predictive analytics to proactively identify patients in need of intervention. These innovative breakthroughs are now making high quality medical interactions available via mobile apps, web, video, telephone, and even wearable technologies. Rather than an isolated medical opinion or treatment option, these virtual offerings are integrated into the current healthcare ecosystem and provide access to the highest rated physicians.
Teladoc, the undisputed leader in virtual health, is equipped to use the latest in virtual health delivery to address the full-spectrum of health needs through convenient access and a high-quality experience. From a child’s fever or flu to an abnormal mole or rash; from depression and anxiety to heart disease; inclusive of cancer and more than 450 medical specialties, Teladoc is transforming care today by delivering care decisions virtually for the widest range of conditions, through one central resource. This is true transformation, changing the status quo for healthcare delivery to create a new and better way.
This comes at a time when consumers are already primed for continued adoption of virtual health delivery, as long as you meet them where they are, when they want it. Over half of Americans have researched symptoms, diagnoses and treatment options online. Sixty-two percent of Americans have searched online for information about prescription drugs. Sixty percent of U.S. broadband households are interested in remote care. More than a quarter plan to use live video to receive medical care and 42% of millennials say they have already used synchronous video telemedicine. The need for greater empowerment and control of health decisions, as well as the desire to go above and beyond a traditional clinical visit helps to propel this phenomenon.
According to Fortune Magazine, the Teladoc app was downloaded more than 600,000 times in 2016 alone, making it one of the fastest growing personal health apps. Recently, Teladoc completed more than 3,000 virtual health visits in a single day. To put this into perspective, 3,000 e-visits is equivalent to the total number of patients seen in one day by the country’s five largest hospital emergency departments combined.
When patients have regular and convenient access to high quality medical care and advice, the result is better health outcomes. Virtual health is already transforming healthcare by bringing real solutions to how and when millions of people can access care in a patient-centric and convenient way that prioritizes high quality.