Experts suggest remote monitoring will be the future of telemedicine

It is worth noting that telemedicine saw a huge growth during the pandemic because of the obvious reason that they couldn’t visit in-person and this was the only option. However, we now know that the pandemic is almost at the endemic stage which means that almost all the restrictions are over and patients can now take in-person care once again. Due to that, experts are now suggesting that the future of telemedicine will be different from what we saw during the pandemic suggesting that its future will revolve around remote monitoring of patients.

“As a chronically ill, disabled, and neurodivergent person, it’s always been a challenge to attend in-person appointments.” A professor of healthcare policy at Harvard University says, “They’re really convenient, and they’re cheap, but they flip the clinical model”. “Instead of a provider’s approach being ‘I see what the patient’s needs are, I diagnose them and prescribe a medication,’ now the model is ‘The patient wants this, I look for contraindications, and then I prescribe it.'” However, he adds that this can go both ways as he explains that “when you start talking about other medications, like propranolol for performance anxiety or antibiotics, all of a sudden you start seeing overuse of that care,” He even says that “What’s needed is really to try to bring the clinic to the patient’s home,”

An addiction-medicine specialist says that “A lot of my patients say, ‘I wouldn’t have sought treatment if this option wasn’t here,'” along with the mention of patients who are suffering from opioid-use disorders who are being screened at home for drug overdose. He mentions that 50% of his appointments involved patients sitting in their car and added that “sometimes there are urine drug screens being submitted on their dashboards.” He says that we will no longer see that “In the winter, people are lined up at clinics before the sun has risen” due to telemedicine.

“Anything that allows you to get care instantaneously is helpful, and some of these virtual primary-care practices make that front door and access so much easier than typical primary care”, professor at Harvard University added. But the McKinsey report says that doctors are becoming less and less interested in providing telehealth services as they believe the best care can given in-person and not remotely.

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