Last year, the world went remote because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it stayed remote since.
Most of the recognized telemedicine platforms offer a standalone solution and rarely specialize in a certain area of expertise, providing a wide spectrum of services and diagnostics. These platforms, at the same time, often offer API capabilities that can help to integrate the solution with other services.
One of the most important factors in the success of telemedicine is scalability. With certain process optimization and automation (for instance, learning the pre-existing conditions through a survey), telemedicine is more affordable and attractive to patients. Healthcare is rather expensive in the US, after all.
But herein lies the bigger problem: while the demand in the market sector is clear, existing telemedicine providers may not be flexible enough to meet the demands of the more specialized clinics or institutions. Could a custom telemedicine solution be a viable answer?
Yes, it can be. Let’s get a little deeper.
Telemedicine is past its infancy, but still, it shares many problems with the rest of the disruptive IT tech. It will take more time and validation for it to become truly widespread. Healthcare is, arguably, a very stubborn industry to accept new changes. The pandemic accelerated the process greatly, however.
It is always worthwhile to get a landscape view of all of your available options before committing to integrating a solution into your workflow or working on a custom one. Let’s take a look at a trio of the major players in the US.
Do note: we are not affiliated with any of these services and our choice is purely editorial.
Telemedicine is a hard and expensive business to break into, and for all the good reasons.
You didn’t hear it from us, but it is – if no other vendor can meet your requirements for a reasonable price. There is no denying that the world is unlikely to completely go back to normal in the coming years, and that’s a great opportunity to offer your patients an opportunity to remain as your clients remotely.
Telemedicine, after all, is meant to provide service to patients on a commercial basis. If you can make sure that a custom solution will provide a better service to your customers (through a better interface, better UI, more professional service, etc), then it is absolutely worth it. There are other advantages to that, too:
Keep in mind that a HIPAA-compliant telehealth solution is an expensive undertaking. Without due planning, this can be a costly project to mend later.
You’ll get the bang out of your buck for sure, but it’s a big thing to start. Perhaps we can help?
To a patient, having 24/7 access to a whole network of doctors is a different game completely. Being able to provide that service and delight the customer in a way that wasn’t possible before will be a driving factor to success in years to come. Patients will be able to enjoy faster diagnosis, round-the-clock care, and monitoring.
Not to mention the cost reduction and scalability an offline facility would struggle to reach, given the same tasks. The profitability of telemedicine is indisputable.
Get in touch with us if you’d like to learn more about how to get started with your virtual clinic.