Telehealth has changed and been implemented quickly due to the covid-19 pandemic resulting in a strain on hospitals and healthcare workers. In scaling up towards a digital future nurses and hospitals balance appropriate and efficient patient care with the new integration of technology.
Creative solutions for the shortage of workers has the possibility of helping hospital workers and patients. Patients are able to schedule appointments, meet virtually with their caretakers, get medicine prescriptions, and more without physically walking into a doctor’s office. At the end of the day, Telehealth can also save patients money by avoiding unnecessary hospital visits. Online programs enable patient literacy and education before entering a procedure, reducing stress, and ensuring that the patient understands the steps they are about to undergo in their specific procedures.
“Healthcare provider organizations and clinicians are fortunate that telehealth has gone mainstream as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth opens up many new avenues to expand access to care, streamline the delivery of care, create new workflows and improve patient outcomes.” Via: Health Care It News
GistMD’s patient engagement modules, already in use in major hospitals around Israel, create personalized animations that depict the patient’s procedure. These animations are based on answers to survey questions the patient and their doctor input into the program. Therefore creating a digital way to ensure the patient is fully aware of their scheduled procedure, reducing the amount of time a hospital worker may need to spend with each patient. There is a sense of efficiency to the program while also preserving the empathic and caring nature one should use in approaching possibly uncomfortable medical procedures.