Telemedicine provides medical care via telephone and telecommunications. Telemedicine could reduce the hospital costs and save money, as well as provide remote treatment (Ellimoottil (2018). Because it was able to effectively treat patients suffering from severe illnesses such as coronavirus and reduce hospital congestion, telehealthcare became very popular during this pandemic. The approach is a great way to improve the public welfare and it has been successful. However, there are many implementation challenges.
Telehealth is not governed by reliable laws, which has led to uneven adoption of the system. The regulation and licensing of healthcare are crucial parts. These enable monitoring and quality control over the activities of healthcare providers (Hamric, et al. 2013, 2013). In order to prevent medical mismanagement, regulation and quality assurance are vital. In telehealth consultations, the environment is not conducive to face-to-face interaction between patient and physician (Ellimoottil, et al. 2018,). The risk of misconduct is high. Healthcare providers may give inaccurate information due to lack of cultural knowledge, or mislead patients (Ellimoottil and al. (2018)). The solutions for developing healthcare needs, like remote diagnosis or treatments in humanitarian situations, must be cost-effective, adaptable, and affordable.
Telehealth consultations are not covered by insurance. This limits their acceptance in healthcare. Telemedicine consultations are not covered by most insurance policies in the United States (Ellimoottil and al. 2018, 2018). It is important to understand how insurance companies view telemedicine in order to allow it to grow. A comprehensive insurance policy for telehealth services could improve the quality of care and increase public health.
Telehealth services can be less effective due to the prohibitive cost and inaccessibility of monitoring and imaging tools. Although it’s essential that all medical technology is available, you also need to have sufficient funds to purchase them. Public health problems such as incorrect diagnosis or misinterpretation of health conditions, and financial hardships, can be avoided by Ellimoottil (2018). Telehealthcare’s technical limitations are an obstacle to their ability to influence diagnosis and treatment.