Experient Health Highlights Advantages of Telemedicine In Latest Blog Series

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Telemedicine offers numerous benefits for both doctors and patients, including remote access, specialist availability and cost savings.

Telemedicine offers numerous benefits for both doctors and patients, according to Experient Health in its latest educational Blog series on telemedicine, including remote access, access to specialists and cost savings.

"As technology has developed, so has people’s ability to overcome the traditional communication barriers of time and distance," Experient Health, the health insurance arm of the Virginia Farm Bureau wrote. "The practice of telemedicine is a step forward in the health care industry to use telecommunications to bridge the gap of time, distance and affordability to reach patients in need of medical attention."

With remote access, patients can communicate remotely with a doctor. That is, in fact, a a primary function of telemedicine.

"With this technology, doctors can reach patients in remote, rural and underserved areas where there might not be an available doctor or hospital," Experient Health wrote. "Through telemedicine, patients can access doctors for routine visits, emergency care or diagnostics from a specialist."

Another benefit of telemedicine is increased access to specialists.

"Even when patients live in urban areas with numerous doctors and hospitals, specialists for rare health conditions may not practice in the area," according to the health education Blog series. "Telemedicine enables patients in both rural and urban areas to connect with specialists who may be hundreds of miles away."

Cost savings is also an advantage, Experient Health wrote. Patients save money for routine and specialist care because they don’t have to pay travel expenses for distant doctors and don’t have to take excessive time off work to travel and then sit in a waiting room. Doctors are also more efficient in the number of patients they can see in a day, which can help reduce overhead and related costs.

In addition, remote monitoring can help lessen the much larger cost of long hospitalizations or in-home nursing, and may reduce the cost of managing chronic conditions. Remote monitoring can also help prevent hospital readmission by properly supervising care following a patient’s discharge from the hospital.

For some patients, the comfort and convenience of consulting with a doctor from the safety of their own homes is a tremendous advantage. The convenience can also improve care.

ABOUT EXPERIENT HEALTH:

For years, Experient Health, a Virginia Farm Bureau company, has helped people find the right insurance coverage and get the most for their health care dollars. The Richmond, Va.-based group is dedicated to providing high quality health insurance options to customers in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. As a result, its consultants, with an average of more than 20 years experience, are intimately familiar with the states’ provider networks, products and regulations.

Representing the top national insurance carriers, Experient Health provides customers with multiple policy options designed to meet wellness needs and financial requirements.

Experient Health grew out of Virginia Farm Bureau and is a “hometown agency” in that it operates a network of more than 100 offices. However, it boasts the resources and technology of larger firms.

Consultants are available online, via phone and through their offices.

Learn more at http://www.experienthealth.com, utilize the online health insurance quote calculator or contact a consultant directly at 855.677.6580.

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