Convenience towards Telehealth as Coronavirus Rages but What’s the Downside?

A recent survey revealed that patients who opted for virtual healthcare during the pandemic want it to be a customary part of health support in the forthcoming days. This all links to the constant buzz around telehealth. As per the Kyruus’ survey of 1,000 patients, it was found that more than 75% said they were very or absolutely pleased with the virtual care they had received, and 96% said it was rather, very or extremely easy to place a visit. Nonetheless, a vast majority of the patients also mentioned they left the visit without knowing what the next steps were – proposing that healthcare providers still have a part to play in follow-up care.The enduring proclivity for virtual care will elevate the telehealth industry. According to a report published by Fortune Business Insights, Telehealth Market is projected to reach USD 266.8 billion by the end of 2026

Reliance on Telehealth

Visiting a healthcare facility can be a viable option for some meanwhile, other people are wholly and solely relying on virtual care during the global pandemic. This could be the reason for greater leverage: If one doesn’t rely on telehealth then what does it rely on? The rate of in-person clinic visits in the US has decreased rapidly. Perhaps, the actual cause could be something else. Let’s find out!

There are by far 100 theories and studies suggesting that this digital transformation will resolve major healthcare problems for patients and doctors. That being said, the authentic evidence denotes another concept: The use of telehealth has skyrocketed because people visiting hospitals and healthcare centers had seen their original appointments canceled or postponed. Nearly 73% of respondents had a preexisting appointment canceled or postponed, either because of their provider action or by their own accord.

Patients have a variety of technological platforms to choose from to access virtual care.  There are specific healthcare applications such as Amwell and Teladoc, which accounted for 34% of all the number of visits. Patients are also very much aware of the traditionally non-healthcare platforms such as facetime, zoom, and skype, which have seen a spike in their usage especially because of the pandemic. While as good as it may sound, the restoration process of patient’s appointments can be a tangible outcome. Healthcare organizations have the chance to tap into virtual care as an evolved party with increased patients.

Telehealth Market: Security at Stake

The predilection for telemedicine in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic has certainly spurred its exigency among patients and doctors but there is a different message being spread by private ombudsman and observers: Be cautious of what you are dealing with.

The integration of digital health technologies by hospitals and health providers can be the best possible preference but the extremity of it can challenge the security front. The dots connecting to the security aspect of telehealth is a grave concern; consisting of so many external and internal factors. The lack of real-time security for traditional IoT devices, network security at hospitals, and uncontrolled environment can give space for attackers to breach into the database and extract important information. There are so many cyber criminals on an attempt to hack into a patient’s device and effectively take control ofthe patient’s vital and confidential health information. They can also infiltrate to steal a patient’s PHI. Besides attackers can be deadly, demanding ransom from the owner of the device. Unprotected devices are vulnerable and can act as potential gateways to penetrate bigger networks.

Batten Down the Hatches and Anticipate!

Any IoT devices can be at risk when connected to the network. Involving insulin pumps, implanted defibrillators, monitoring devices, pacemakers, glucose monitors, and more. The FDA has alerted about the devices at risk and its lability on the organization and owner. All it takes is a simple exposure for an attack, it can be a doctor’s mistake or patients or even manufactured vulnerability. For instance, SweynToot enables the attacker to abruptly stop an IoT device from working by exploiting a Bluetooth vulnerability in third-party code. The hack of a single device can pose risk-catastrophic damage to multiple devices. OEMs must integrate solutions that protect individual devices form severe malware attacks

Author’s Bio:

Name – Aman Singh Gandhi

Aman is a subject matter expert in healthcare and food and beverages. His key focus is to deliver quality content to his audience. He specializes in blog writing, articles, and press releases. As a writer, he believes in learning and exploring different areas to communicate with his readers vividly.

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