Proposal to Implement Telehealth Services in order to improve Health Equity, Access and Care Quality in the Health Care Setting
We have an ethical duty as healthcare professionals to ensure equal access to high-quality care for all our patients, regardless of where they live, their socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity. Telehealth, thanks to recent technological advances, has become a powerful tool for addressing health equity issues and improving access to healthcare. This proposal explores the benefits and economic implications of using telehealth in health care. It also explains how it can help to improve the quality of patient care.
Patients from rural areas are also served by our health care system. They face many barriers when trying to get care because of long travel time and limited transportation options. In-person appointments can be difficult for patients who are unable to move or have chronic conditions that require regular check-ups. This can lead to health disparities, especially for low-income people, persons with disabilities and communities of colour.
Telehealth can address equity and access concerns by offering remote monitoring and virtual consultations. Telehealth allows patients to access their care at home, which saves time and money. Telehealth is a great way to improve patient access, decrease hospital readmissions and increase care coordination.
To improve health outcomes and access, we recommend the use of telehealth in health care settings. The following are our recommendations:
- We will perform a needs assessment to ensure our telehealth services are meeting the patient’s needs. An assessment of patient characteristics, current care access, provider preference, and other factors will be included.
- Create a Telehealth Strategy
a. Selection of Telehealth Platform. We select a platform that is secure and easy to use, while still protecting patient privacy and complying with HIPAA regulations.
b. Provider Training. Providers will be trained on how to use the Telehealth Platform and deliver remote care.
c. Patient education: This will include instructions for how to use Telehealth and the expectations during virtual consultations.
- Telehealth Utilization Measurement and Outcomes We will monitor the usage of telehealth and track outcomes such as patient satisfaction, access and clinical outcomes.
Telehealth could bring about significant economic gains for our healthcare system. Telehealth is able to reduce in-person visits and potentially lead to savings on clinic space.