The rapidly improving technology of the modern world has had a profound positive impact on the healthcare industry. Believe it or not, the mere fact that you are reading this article is proof of this: because the wealth of information available at the click of a mouse is so high, patients tend to be better informed than ever before!
Improving methods for the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and mitigation of health conditions is another obvious example of how technology has improved patient outcomes. From detecting cancer to reducing wrinkles, new inventions have made virtually every aspect of patient care more effective.
One change that is still in its early stages is the prospect of online consultations. The concept offers enormous potential but has only been implemented by a select number of health care providers — including us here at BH Skin. If you are interested in learning more about the pros and cons of online consultations, then this article is for you!
The Benefits Of Online Consultations
- Reduced Costs. Online consultations allow healthcare providers and patients alike to spend less on treatment. After all, the costs associated with booking, accommodating, and treating patients are all lower when consultations are virtual. Moreover, patients can also save on the indirect costs of going to an appointment, such as transportation and the opportunity cost associated with missing work or other engagements.
- Convenience. A sad truth of today’s world is that patients sometimes miss important appointments because of their busy lifestyles — virtual appointments help assuage this problem to a certain degree.
The Limitations Of Online Consultations
- Inability to Diagnose/Treat Certain Conditions. In certain sectors of the healthcare industry, such as dermatology, the vast majority of conditions can be diagnosed through photos and other virtual methods. Other conditions, such as irregular heartbeats and arthritis, can be difficult to diagnose online. Either way, doctors who cannot diagnose treatment online will generally request an in-person consultation.
- Patient Education. Traditionally, one of the most important benefits of doctor’s appointments extended beyond treatment and diagnosis. These meetings were also an opportunity for patients to spend one-on-one time with a medical expert who could educate them on important aspects of their health. Thankfully, the internet has helped to solve this problem as well — and BH Skin´s patient education portal is an excellent example of this!
How Online Consultations Work: in the field of Dermatology, online consultations are usually done with the help of photographs taken by the patient of any problematic skin conditions. If you are interested in learning more, then we encourage you to book your first online consultation through BH Skin today!