Top 10 Tips: Future of Telemedicine

Top 10 Tips: Future of Telemedicine

Over the last couple of years, telemedicine, as is explained over at, has come on in leaps and bounds, with the recent explosion in growth fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Telemedicine has been with us for a while now, and it now seems to have hit its stride, becoming a reality as far as the healthcare sector is concerned, as is seen in discussions over at As an industry, telemedicine is full of potential, something this article will look to shine a spotlight on by highlighting the top 10 tips as far as the future of telemedicine is concerned.

Its use in virtual clinical trials

Clinical trials, as discussed over at, are an important part of the development of a drug or technology in the healthcare sector. One of the biggest obstacles faced as far as clinical trials go, particularly in the early stages, is finding enough participants for the trial. Telemedicine is set to help solve the puzzle of a low number of participants in clinical trials through the introduction of virtual trials. Here, as per the folks over at, one can participate in a clinical trial without having to leave their home unless they have to, wearing remote monitoring devices. On top of making recruitment easier as far as these trials are concerned, telemedicine will also eliminate geographical boundaries when recruiting as the trial will mostly be done virtually.

Its use in reducing the spread of infectious disease

The COVID-19 pandemic, with a more detailed write up on the same to be found over at, has focused minds as far as infectious diseases are concerned. On top of that, we have seen an increase in the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can make outbreaks serious. A future trend as far as telemedicine is concerned therefore is its use in reducing the spread of infectious disease. Through telemedicine, hospitals will be able to connect easily and quickly with infectious disease experts, helping deal with cases quicker hence stopping them from spreading as covered over at

More options as far as pediatric telemedicine is concerned

Initially, as per the gurus over at, telemedicine was only available for adults, with providers only seeing adult patients. However, as time has gone by and advancements have been made in the sector, we have seen more and more pediatric telemedicine options, with this trend set to continue to the future. We are likely to even see telemedicine platforms that are exclusively for kids, as the industry realizes the potential for growth in this sub-sector.

A strengthening of the physician-patient bond

One of the cons as far as telemedicine goes, as covered in detail over at, is the fact that since visits are done virtually, the lack of physical contact makes it difficult for patients to form a strong bond with their physicians, as is the case for in-person visits. This is an area where we are likely to see changes in the future, as telemedicine is used more and more to compliment house calls and doctor visits, rather than in isolation, therefore ensuring that the physician-patient bond is stronger than ever.

Healthcare for inmates

They say out of sight, out of mind, and no group of people feels this saying more than inmates. This is particularly true when it comes to their healthcare, as inmates are usually overlooked in this regard, as is discussed over at However, telemedicine is slowly but surely making healthcare more accessible to inmates, with this trend set to continue going forward. Telemedicine makes it possible for a significant number of inmates to be seen in a short period, given that visits are done virtually. Given that it eliminates geographical barriers, telemedicine also makes it easier for inmates to see specialists.

The growth of virtual chronic disease management

As per discussions on the same over at, while telemedicine is playing a huge role in the management of chronic diseases, this is a  market that remains largely untapped, particularly when compared to areas like behavioral health and specialty medicine where telemedicine’s presence is being felt. Experts predict that this is set to change in the future, with the virtual chronic disease management market set to explode. With this, we are likely to see a reduction in the number of ER visits and hospital admissions for patients suffering from chronic diseases.

The growth of the hospital-at-home model

The hospital-at-home model, as its name suggests and as discussed over at, is a model where patients who meet the criteria for hospitalization but are stable are treated at home through telemedicine. This is a model that is being used to treat patients suffering from conditions such as pneumonia, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among others. The hospital-at-home model is something that is set to grow in the future as not only has it been found to be more cost-effective as compared to hospitalization, it has also bee found to result in shorter treatment durations among other benefits.

More telemedicine programs as far as stroke care is concerned

Another area that has produced really good results and is the subject of multiple ongoing studies in a bid to see if it can be scaled up is stroke care as far as telemedicine is concerned, with a more detailed write-up on the same to be found over at Telemedicine is allowing physicians and specialists to keep a close eye on stroke patients and those at risk of suffering a stroke, while also helping in rehabilitation, and it is an area that we will see great growth going forward.

Increased insurance coverage for telemedicine

More and more states are now mandating telemedicine reimbursement from private health insurance companies as discussed over at, with this being something we should see being ramped up going forward. We have been seeing health insurance companies testing out and releasing telemedicine coverage programs, and in the future insurance coverage for telemedicine will likely be something that is the norm.

The use of telemedicine across national borders

There can be no denying that telemedicine has helped break geographical barriers, as explained over at A future trend, therefore, is the regular use of telemedicine across national borders, rather than just within the country. Worldwide data transmission networks are getting stronger and stronger, laying down the foundations, as far as the infrastructure is concerned, to deliver medical care to foreign countries through telemedicine.

The above are some of the trends we are looking forward to as far as the future of telemedicine is concerned, with more on this and other related topics to be uncovered by visiting the highly rated