Telehealth may seem like a brand-new idea, but in reality, physicians have been treating patients remotely since the 1800s. At the outset, remote treatment and monitoring of patients were used to provide care to patients around the globe. While the platform and the mode of communicating with patients may have changed drastically, and there are many more regulations in place to protect patient information, at its core, remote healthcare is in many ways very similar.
What did remote healthcare look like in past eras?
There is a myriad of reasons that patients and physicians alike may opt for telehealth today including illnesses that leave a patient housebound, challenges with transportation, and a global pandemic. And today, the rise in the practice of virtual healthcare is a total game-changer.
Telehealth surged at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the first quarter of 2020 brought about a 50 percent increase in telehealth and online health care compared to the same period the previous year.
The dangers faced at the beginning of the pandemic have ebbed since 2020, and while the peak in telehealth has similarly decreased, virtual healthcare is far more prevalent than it was before 2020. The increase in virtual healthcare has leveled out, now 38 times more common than in 2019 and before. Why might someone choose virtual healthcare?
Virtual healthcare and online medical care can be used to address a range of concerns, including treatment for common illnesses, follow-up appointments, management for chronic illnesses or other ongoing conditions, visits with hard-to-pin-down specialists, physical therapy, and even talk therapy.
ViClinic is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that allows patients and physicians to connect on-demand, on the go, and online. Physicians love it because it gives them the power to expand their practice and manage patient care for both telehealth and in-person visits, and patients love it because they can see their doctor without ever having to go to the clinic.
For too long, it felt like the days of small practices and independent clinics were falling by the wayside, being purchased up by large healthcare networks because they just couldn’t compete. ViClinic puts the power back into the hands of physicians and patients who want to connect, without the demands of an impersonal, large-scale health network looming in the background. This new software can help small practices stay afloat by managing more patients more effectively, while also providing the tools needed to oversee their entire practice, both virtually and in person.
With ViClinic, patients can address their medical care online through the patient app, while physicians take on each online medical consult through the virtual care manager app. It’s simple, effective, convenient, and secure, and it’s changing the way patients receive care when they most need it.
To discover more about how ViClinic can impact your life as a physician and as a patient, sign up today!