There is no denying the drastic contributions that technological advances have made towards the healthcare industry. No more a novelty, telemedicine and mobile apps are helping small town doctors overcome the difficulties and insurmountable odds in order to build a reputation for themselves.
What problems do the doctors have to face?
Small town doctors often have to face the problem of high patient load. Looking after acutely ill patients, sometimes traveling far to care for the sick and low incomes of the small town population leaves little room for doctors to flourish.
Doctors in small towns also have to struggle hard to keep up with the changes taking place in the healthcare setup in the big cities. Keeping in touch with their medical colleagues in the big cities becomes imperative in this regard.
They also have to work hard to survive in the aging, outdated health infrastructure in the small towns. It requires a lot of vigilance on the part of the doctors to ensure best medical practices for the patients in small towns.
Fortunately, telemedicine, mobile apps and E-clinics have greatly changed the landscape for health professionals, allowing them to grow even in remotely located small towns.
How does technology help the doctors prosper?
Technology, especially the use of android apps, has made it possible for the doctors to remotely access their patients, saving them a trip to the clinic, thereby efficiently managing the patient load. This has been made possible due to the fact that use of smartphones is wide spread and people have more easy access to internet than clean water facilities, even in small townships.
By using health apps, consultants can book a remote pre-appointment with the patients which helps them decide which patients actually need to come down to the clinic. Booking the appointments also helps avoid scheduling conflicts and cancellations.
Mobile apps have also made it possible for physicians to discuss medical cases with other health professionals located remotely in the big cities, which helps them make important decisions and eliminates the feeling of rural isolation.
Telemedicine has helped the rural primary care physicians broaden their horizons by obtaining specialty consults in real time. Keeping up with medical innovations and breakthroughs is no more an alien concept for doctors practicing in small towns.
Mobile apps have become virtual clinics and come quite handy when it comes to branding. The patients feel good that they can reach the doctor at “his very own mobile app” any time within the ease of their homes at lower cost without compromising on the quality of healthcare services. The patients can relate to the doctor who is “easily accessible” as the doctor-patient relationship becomes more personalized.
With the widespread use of doctors mobile apps, billing the patients is no more an issue either. Doctors in small towns can easily invoice their patients located remotely, receiving the payments in a timely and an even more efficient manner.
Mobile apps also help small town doctors reach out to underprivileged patients in the far flung areas who have limited access to primary healthcare services. Telemedicine has eliminated the need for the doctors to travel to far off areas. In terms of revenue, various mobile apps exist to book the remote consultation and also serve as a gateway for payments, thereby facilitating the doctors on their way to prosperity.