By Pravinraj Panicker
In Telemedicine

The medical world is ever-changing. Technology is now playing a significant role
in the medical sector. As physicians look for new ways to treat patients on a
daily basis, technology has brought many great advancements to the medical
sector. You can get access to medical facilities or information that would
usually be inaccessible. But this emerging technology also has some technical

Telemedicine can save time, compared to traditional care, both for the
person seeking the treatment and for the provider. Though, for this to be
accurate, the health care provider has to provide on-site telemedicine
equipment. Telemedicine definitely has its high points but also has some

Some common challenges Practitioners face while using telemedicine in healthcare:

Challenges of Telemedicine

Every technology comes with benefits and some challenges. Telemedicine
technology also poses some challenges for practitioners to provide
immaculate healthcare services. Although telemedicine is growing rapidly over
the decade and also it has many benefits. Below list will make you aware of
the challenges associated with the telemedicine technology-

1. Fewer in-person consultations

The major downside of telemedicine in healthcare is Specialist cannot
personally examine the patient and the prescription will be given on the basis
of reports submitted by patients for diagnosis. In the case where no
examination needed patients should use Telehealth which doesn’t require
a physical examination for diagnosis.

2. Medicare Reimbursements

Reimbursement policies and other healthcare rules are trying to deal with this
rapidly-growing industry. As a practitioner, you will encourage the best
practices for Medicare services. Major developments have been made in
telehealth despite Telemedicine.

3. Broadband Connections Issue

Telemedicine is a telecommunication technology where internet connection is a
basic need for services like video conferencing, chat, emails, etc. Adverse
weather or other annoyances can cause a power outage or interrupt an Internet
connection, complicating a doctor’s online consultation. The practitioner will have to
keep that in mind before arranging the online visits.

4. Inadequate Patients Record

Patients are using telemedicine services on demand. Due to which primary care
providers may not be aware of the records from other resources. Shuffling
of the service provider raises the likelihood of a doctor not understanding a
patient’s background or their treatment routines.

5. Technical Training

Every new technology requires training to adapt in order to offer effective
healthcare services. A specialist/practitioner needs to be trained on the new
system in order to provide appropriate healthcare services. Training is
important part of this technology. Every new technology needs to be
understood in such a way that providers should use it effectively.
It can also decrease the staffing requirements. For example, a nurse in a rural
hospital may use telemedicine services to track up to 50 patients at once from
single location.

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