For non-emergency dermatology issues, a new patient from Boston has to wait over 70 days for an appointment with a doctor. People with heart disorders and obstetrics-gynecology requests in Washington and Boston accordingly have to expect for more than 30 days.
Even though the wait time to see a primary care physician (PCPs) can be less than 20 minutes, getting an appointment turns out to be a real challenge. 60% of people expect over two weeks only to arrange a visit to a PCP.
The wait time grows each year, making it impossible for people to get the necessary medical assistance in due time. The doctors’ rating and patients satisfaction drop down because of this. The 9th Vitals Report states that 84% of patients think acceptable wait time is of significant importance in the overall experience at the medical institution. Moreover, 1 in 5 respondents in this report states that they had to pick another doctor because of long wait times.
It is no surprise that people are more likely to use telehealth software to get individualized and proper care instead of traditional medical institutions. In this article, we will discuss the state of telehealth, its benefits for both patients and doctors, and learn some successful telemedicine applications in real life.