WHAT IS TELEHEALTH
Telehealth involves the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. It allows long-distance patient/clinician contact and care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring and remote admissions. Telemedicine is sometimes used synonymously or is used in a more limited sense to describe remote clinical services such as diagnosis and monitoring. When rural settings, lack of transport, lack of mobility, decreased funding or lack of staffing restricts access to care, telehealth can bridge the gap. (Wikipedia)
THE NEED FOR TELEHEALTH
Many of us have connected with a physician via telehealth, whether by phone, app, computer, etc. in the last year or two. This service allows us to be treated for minor illnesses without leaving the comfort of our home. Now we are beginning to see the expansion of telehealth services into the behavioral health market as well.
Telehealth for opioid and substance use disorders is important because it helps to reduce barriers and increase engagement in treatment. Patients often express lack of transportation as the main reason for missed appointments. For patients living in rural areas, with limited transportation as well, telehealth provides an alternative option.
The CaredFor platform is a comprehensive patient engagement solution that contains many tools to support an individual’s recovery. The peer-support community contains relevant content including videos, podcasts, books and articles that support the patient. Clinical tools such as outcomes assessments, private messaging with providers, appointment reminders and the ability to track progress also aid in the patient’s success. With the addition of telehealth, meaningful business value is being created for the provider, while improving access to care.
As CaredFor expands its telehealth offering, they will be integrating further into the provider’s workflow, including billing systems. The goal is to create a comprehensive solution where information is instantly shared throughout the provider’s system, further removing all barriers and helping to support more individuals seeking treatment.