While the healthcare sector is facing the brunt of this crisis, over the last few months the pandemic has pushed healthcare to change more rapidly than it has in the past 30 years in terms of adopting new ways of patient engagement and care delivery.
#1. Concierge Medicine
Concierge doctors only take on a small number of patients, so they can have timely and exclusive access to their current patient base.
Thus, such patients may avoid the usual hassle of obtaining treatment, such as month-long waiting times for traditional primary care appointments, complexities of choosing the right doctor, lengthy waiting times for ER and, of course, the formalized existence
It is important to remember, however, that concierge medicine still has major challenges to conquer, including deciphering the liability process, aspects of patient safety, questions of malpractice, and how to scale the business model at a time when large hospital networks are growing further.
#2. Digital Health
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) broadly describes digital health as including ‘mobile health (mHealth), health information technology (IT), connected devices, telehealth and telemedicine, and personalized medicine.’ The pandemic has definitely highlighted the tremendous importance of telehealth, particularly given that the Medicare & Medicaid Services Centers announced in March that it would be of great importance to telehealth
Digital health, however, has more to do than just telehealth services, and the pandemic may be the catalyst for increasing the use of technology to make different aspects of clinical medicine more available and efficient.
#3. Access to Medications
Unfortunately, this same group of citizens is potentially the most in need of prescription drugs, rendering the conventional model of choosing prescriptions not just inefficient but often unsafe in the pharmacy.
As customers begin to understand the importance and convenience of this model more and more, conventional pharmacies may find it difficult to justify and maintain their brick-and-mortar storefronts, despite the simplicity, scalability and convenience this new model offers for customers. Read More