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In the past, seeing a family physician was the primary method of obtaining quality healthcare. Today, people are more in touch with their care and demand that their care be delivered conveniently and promptly. This is why they must have the necessary transparency in their medical records.

 

The rise of virtual health, or telehealth, has been attributed to the increasing number of people who are able to receive their healthcare services at home. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people who used video conferencing to see a doctor had been growing.

 

The concept of telehealth has now evolved into a more comprehensive approach to providing healthcare services. As the technological advancements that have occurred in the field have matured, virtual health has become a viable alternative to in-person services. Here are some of the ways technology has shaped virtual healthcare. 

 

Wearables have presented new opportunities

The increasing number of medical devices and gadgets that have been connected to the Internet has led to the development of new data sources. This data can be used by both the providers and the consumers to improve the quality of their care. Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a rule that requires healthcare organizations to share the patient’s data with API-enabled third-party apps.

 

The rise of data sources will allow healthcare organizations to improve the quality of their services and create more effective and personalized experiences for their patients. However, they must first ensure that the information they collect is secure.

 

Interoperability is key

The increasing number of people who are seeking simplicity in their healthcare experiences has led to the development of new technology. One of the main factors that healthcare organizations must consider is the availability of a single digital platform that enables them to provide a comprehensive view of their patient’s data, so they can shop for care, schedule, pay, access their care, and see their data in one place. This will allow them to make informed decisions and improve the quality of their care.

 

Accessibility is an ongoing challenge

Unfortunately, not everyone has high-speed internet access. The lack of high-speed Internet connectivity continues to affect the accessibility of various healthcare services. This issue is especially relevant for rural and urban communities. Without the necessary connectivity, individuals may not be able to fully benefit from the advancements in virtual care.

 

Potential of security issues

Telehealth services don’t happen on the provider’s networks. Patients will be using their home WiFi or public networks to access the services. Having the necessary resources and software will allow healthcare organizations to provide the best possible care. There should be a mutual assurance that because of the uncertainty of the patient’s network, the healthcare’s network and software defenses are up to date and ironclad.