Telemedicine has actually been around for over 40 years. Initially, telemedicine referred to remote care primarily designed for individuals who lived in rural areas. But today, telemedicine
has the potential to be beneficial to virtually anyone who is virtually anywhere.
While serving patients in rural areas is still one of the chief advantages to telemedicine, it is also being sought out by individuals in all areas of the country due to both its convenience and cost savings benefits.
“It is basically eliminating the unnecessary clinical office visit by allowing patients and providers to meet online as opposed to the patient always having to travel to the doctor’s office when a physical examination is not required,” Justin Kahn, co-founder and CEO ofTruClinic, was recently quoted by UPR.
Many patients are willing to pay for a remote doctor’s visit out-of-pocket, opposed to utilizing their insurance simply because of the time it saves, and it eliminates the need to take off work. This is why innovative approaches such as the ones being taken by Salt Lake City-based TruClinic are proving to be effective.
TruClinic aims not only to provide telemedicine to those in rural areas, but to drastically reduce healthcare costs by cutting out a significant amount of overhead that a traditional doctor office incur, such as rent, utilities, medical supplies, and staff.
Live visits will never be eliminated altogether, but they can be reduced with telemedicine.
As of this writing, more than half of all hospitals in the United States now utilize telemedicine in some capacity, the UPR report confirms.