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10 Ways Telemedicine Can Revolutionize Nursing Home Care

Written by Courteney

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 1:47 am

  1. Cut Medicaid costs – currently the CMS is spending millions and millions of wasted dollars on readmission and extended hospital stays of nursing home patients which could be more comfortably and affordably handled with in-house telemedicine care in place. Readmission rates drive up the costs of Medicaid for patient, hospital and facility.
  2. Less Hospital Congestion – DocChat serves as an excellent triage system for nursing home patients. Via video conferences, our first rate physicians can determine if the patient needs to go to the hospital or if their care can be handled by telemedicine monitoring. This will lead to less patients sent to the ER, which can largely decrease hospital congestion which is a big problem countrywide.
  3. Decreased germ exposure – germs of a hospital environment are not only dangerous to the elderly but can be downright deadly, as senior citizens fall under the immunocompromised category of the population.
  4. Less wasted resources – With less unnecessary trips to the hospital, nursing homes can save on staff resources (less staff will have to accompany residents to the hospital if they receive their care via telemedicine), as well as saving on hospitalization costs and travel costs associated with transporting the patient to and fro.
  5. Comfort and safety of residents – Telemedicine allows the elderly residents to receive up to 78% of their care in the comfort and safety of their own room. Talk about convenience and piece of mind!
  6. Round the clock care – DocChat offers 24/7 care, 365 days a year. This allows residents to contact one of our board certified physicians any time day or night, whenever the troubling symptoms strike.
  7. Provides better follow-up care – Patients can speak with their attending doctor as much as they wish for up to a week after their initial video consultation. This can be a great feature for senior citizens in case they forgot a question during the consultation, or if any complications arise after speaking with the doctor.
  8. Handles prescription adjustments – DocChat can easily adjust prescriptions as needed as well as prescribe (non opiate) medications if needed and have them sent directly to the patient’s facility.
  9. Eliminates wait-times – The citizens won’t have to wait in germy ER waiting rooms when it comes to telemedicine, appointments are virtually instantaneous. Cutting down on wait times is a big convenience for elderly people, as it can be very uncomfortable for them to wait in clinics to receive their care.
  10. Proven success – DocChat in particular got its start working with senior citizens in nursing homes, and have had a positive impact on the quality and availability of care at the centers we work with.

You can visit DocChat for more information about our involvement with nursing homes. Thanks for visiting DocChat! We hope you’ll be back again soon.
 

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