With all the recent headlines of data and privacy breaches, it is more relevant than ever to use secure platforms when conducting business in the healthcare sector. This is especially important when you are storing private patient information, particularly while communicating through any media platform. Data is said to be the new oil, since it fuels technological and overall company development. Therefore it is getting harder than ever to protect your private information.
Facebook released a public statement in which they noted they believe nearly all of their 2.2 billion users have had their data scraped in one way or another from an outside source. In this day and age people want easier access to everything, including healthcare and ways to contact their healthcare professionals. This however may lead some to using insecure networks in order to fulfill patient wishes.
If you are interested in transitioning your practice into the telehealth sector it is vital to be sure the platform you are using is HIPAA compliant. Using Skype or FaceTime to consult with patients is an insecure form of communication, which can then lead to breaches in confidentiality.
Clocktree is a secure HIPAA compliant platform that allows you to communicate with your patients with out having to worry about data or privacy breaches. Privacy is very important to us, to you and especially to your patients. Give yourself some peace of mind and run your telehealth practice on a secure platform.
To learn more about Clocktree and our HIPAA compliant platform check out our website and see how telehealth could fit into your practice.
Telehealth coverage and usage is continuing to make strides forward. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that currently 60% of all healthcare institutions and about 45% of all hospitals are using telehealth in one way or another. This increased usage correlates with the goal of improving patient care, improving the health of the overall population, reducing healthcare costs and the physician shortage the US is currently facing.
A large number of healthcare providers have reported using telehealth services to bridge the gaps in health care. Geisinger Health System, the Veterans Health Administration, Partners HealthCare and many more have implemented telehealthcare into their care systems. Telehealthcare has helped deal with provider shortages as well as improve the patient’s overall experience. This form of care allows for extended care hours, reduces patient travel time and improves accessibility to healthcare.
Currently 31 states and the District of Columbia have laws in place which require commercial health insurers to provide equal coverage for in-person and telehealth services. 49 states cover telemental health services, and 36 cover various other telehealth services. Legislation is continuing to support the implementation of telehealth which could be a saving grace for the US healthcare system.
Legislators are not the only ones jumping onto this telehealth bandwagon. The National Business Group on Health predicts that almost all employers with cover telehealth services by 2020. Now as this field continues to grow questions come up on the effectiveness of telehealthcare vs in person visits, and how will this be integrated into the clinical workflow?
These questions are yet to be fully answered, however the evidence provided so far has shown telehealth has been largely effective. With the emergence of this field there will need to be continued research and innovation in order to successfully integrate telehealth into the care system.
With that said telehealth continues to be a promising tool for the future of healthcare. If you would like to learn more about the world of telehealth and how you can join this community check out our website and other blog posts.
Telepsychiatry has started forming its own healthcare niche. In 1995, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released a paper in support of telepsychiatry, explaining how it can overcome geographical limitations, provide greater access to care, and cut out travel time. For over 20 years there has been talk of implementing telepsychiatry into the mental health sector, however the pace of implementation has recently picked up.
James Varrell MD a licensed psychiatrist started working in telepsychiatry in 1999 and now oversees more than 200 psychiatrists at InSight. Throughout his time in the field Varrell has seen a growing need to expand the practice of telepsychiatry. As the provider shortage continues in the US, more and more people are lacking access to healthcare. Currently 55% of US counties are without any psychiatrists according to Kaiser Telepsychiatry can help provide mental healthcare access to those counties.
Varrell has found telepsychiatry to be effective in most realms of mental healthcare, from working in the ER with people in crisis, to working with translators remotely, to having increased volume devices for the elderly or hard of hearing. Telehealth allows for all types of people to connect from nearly anywhere anytime and receive the accommodations they need.
Everyday more and more psychiatrists and healthcare providers are joining the telehealth sector. With the shortage of healthcare providers continuing in the US, telehealth technology will greatly improve people’s access to care and increase the regions through which providers can connect with clients.
Some believe that physical healthcare services cannot be provided adequately through a virtual interface. While this may be true for some fields of medicine, psychiatrists are not encourage to touch clients in the first place. Meaning telepsychiatry is truly a great option for them to connect with their clients and perform all general psychiatric care needs.
If you are interested in entering the world of telepsychiatry check out our website to learn how you can join for free! Clocktree is a great platform for mental health providers and is 100% HIPAA compliant. Good luck with your first steps toward a virtual practice!
Today on average a patient waits 29 days to meet with a doctor. The USA as a whole is expected to be short 90,000 physicians by 2025, meaning the wait to see a physician should continue to lengthen. Due to this month’s long delay many patients are opting out of seeking care for minor illnesses such as, cold or flu because the emergency room is their only timely option.
Going to the ER for minor ailments is not only costly and time consuming but, causes a longer wait for those who are truly in need of urgent care. So what can be done instead? Telehealth technology could be an answer to this problem. Remote health tracking and virtual checkups save time by helping doctors keep track and work with more patients than ever before.
Allowing the home to become the primary care setting cuts out travel time and leaves clients in a more comfortable environment. The idea of virtual care options appeals to many Americans, so what is the wait on implementing virtual care into our healthcare system?
While the technology is available to create a world of virtual healthcare, regulations and legal requirements have not caught up to the time. This is a large hurdle telehealth companies are facing, however as time goes on, more and more states are adopting telehealth coverage into their healthcare systems.
The technology is here and consumers are willing and eager to enter the world of telemedicine. Since this could be the saving grace to our physician shortage, US regulations and legal requirements need to catch up to the technology! If you are interested in learning more about the world of telemedicine check out our website or read some more of our blog articles.