Telemedicine, better defined as medical care taking place through digital communication rather than physical contact, has been on the rise as of recent years. More than 50 percent of medical providers—specifically, between 54.5 and 57.7 percent—began including telemedicine as part of their services between the years 2014 and 2015. With this inclusion has come increased study and education regarding telemedicine and how it works. The boost of information regarding this practice has thereby reduced some of the confusion surrounding its workings and generated a boost in positive reception. Based on this evidence, Catapult Healthcare can only conclude there will be a similar influx in travel nursing jobs.
Survey Shows Ample Support
HIMSS Analytics conducted a study of telemedicine in recent years. To do so, they surveyed around 300 medical experts in all lines of healthcare-related work. What they found was a spike of companies interested in promoting accessibility for their clients as far as the types of medical care they could receive. Telemedicine allows doctors and patients to communicate with each other through the use of simple web technology, meaning those who are unable to leave their homes can now receive medical care regardless of their mobility.
Improving Patient Outcomes
The VOX Telehealth OrthoCare Program has found an increase in the general well-being of patients who use telehealth services. For instance, up to 92 percent of surgical replacement patients who signed up for their hospital’s telehealth services got to return home from the hospital immediately. Said program began a month prior to each patient’s surgical procedure and ended between 60 and 90 days following the procedure. Before the advent of telemedicine, a mere 30 percent of patients returned home immediately. The VOX program also educated patients about the procedures they would undergo, and even offered an emergency communication system for patients afterward. Telemedical patients interviewed by iHealth Beat had more to say:
- 55 percent expressed higher satisfaction with the hospital and doctor handling their care.
- 93 percent felt the episode-of-care was markedly better.
- 91 percent were highly pleased with the care they received.
- 91 percent thought the program aided them in knowing how to prepare for their procedures.
Evidence from Telemedicine and e-Health, a medical journal, suggests similar benefits for individuals with COPD. Not only did breathing rates improve among COPD patients who had access to telemedicine, but those with concerns could get direct and immediate contact with their doctor the same day they reached out for medical advice.
Will Telemedicine Lead to More RN Travel Jobs?
Not only are there benefits of telemedicine for patients, but for employees in the health field as well. Medical suppliers are experiencing an influx of telemedicine-related production, which has surged from just 69 suppliers to 85 this year alone. The increasing usage of telemedicine should also increase openings for travel nursing jobs because this practice needs nurses who are able to visit the patient on demand based upon their contact with their physicians. This means more RN travel jobs will open up in the future.