In a recent blog post, we discussed how chronic diseases have reached epidemic levels in the United States, devastating patients and overwhelming the healthcare industry in the process. Unfortunately, not all ailments can be treated with a vaccine. But in a similar sense, telehealth now provides practitioners a fresh injection of hope when it comes to combating the major medical issues that face the nation today.
In this article, we’ll discuss how telehealth is changing the battle against five of the most pressing medical issues of our time.
Heart disease is annually one of the leading causes of death in the United States. But a recent study found that telehealth can have remarkable benefits for patients suffering with heart disease. In the study, telemedicine was correlated with a 45 percent of those polled had experienced reductions in readmissions and hospitalizations, 40 percent had seen improved mortality rates and 35 percent had improved health outcomes.
A Veterans Health Administration study of telehealth found that after leveraging the technology, diabetes patients experienced a 20 percent reduction in hospitalizations. As an added bonus, the average participant in the VHA study was able to shave $6,500 off their medical expenses for the year. This is a significant advance that comes just in time, as the number of individuals living with diabetes is anticipated to climb 54 percent by 2030.
In America, one in five adults is suffering with some form of mental illness. Many of those 40 million Americans have dealt with the issue silently for years without access to mental health services. But telehealth affords a unique solution that provides an easy and convenient forum that increases access and drastically reduces missed appointments. With no-show rates between 30 and 40 percent in the industry, a recent MDLIVE virtual mental health offering had a rate of 3.5 percent.
The benefits of telehealth implementation for the support of stroke victims was validated in a recent statement from the American Heart and American Stroke Association in which the organizations announced guidelines and outcomes for telemedicine in stroke cases. In a corresponding study that led to the release of the statement, it was found that telehealth services led to a 75 percent increase in timely use of clot-dissolving drugs for stroke patients.
Cancer, and the types of treatments it often requires, can be disruptive and arduous. Telehealth provides an additional level of comfort, convenience and expanded care. This has led experts to determine that not only can telehealth provide an opportunity to improve outcomes, it can also help to bolster quality of life at a time when every bit of positivity is needed to keep the patient strong in their fight for survival.
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