COVID-19 has significantly increased the use of telehealth resources. In April 2020, telehealth technologies replaced in-person visits for 43.5 percent of Medicare primary care visits. One of the most significant advantages of telehealth over in-person options is that it eliminates contact between patients, healthcare providers, and other patients. Wearable devices give healthcare staff access to real-time patient data while they're still at home.
More crucially, the growth of telehealth appears to be set to continue even after the pandemic has passed. At the start of the pandemic, 71 percent of patients in the United States expected telemedicine, and 50 percent had already used virtual appointments. With telehealth already gaining power in the previous year, the pandemic provided a significant boost to the industry's growth. By 2026, the telehealth boom is expected to reach $185.6 billion.
Patient adoption is the most crucial factor in telehealth's effectiveness. Because most patients are comfortable with telemedicine options, the business clearly has a bright future.
Telemedicine apps give the most comprehensive telehealth services. WebRTC, an open-source API-based method for connecting web browsers with mobile applications, is one of the most fundamental technologies powering telemedicine apps. WebRTC's adaptability is one of the most crucial features that makes it ideal for telemedicine apps. Transcript and video talk, screen sharing, and file transfer are all possible with this.
Integrating electronic health records (EHR) into your telemedicine app is critical. Patients and healthcare providers can access patient medical records using the app. IVR (Interactive Voice Response) is a feature of the app that allows it to communicate with patients via digital voice. The combination of Google Fit and Apple HealthKit provides excellent chances for the app to access existing health information on a patient's smartphone. All of the following operations require cloud-based server solutions to work properly.
When developing a telemedicine app, it's critical to think about the features that should be included. Security, location services, appointment management, video/audio communication, secure messaging, healthcare provider feedback, visit history, and wireless testing through wearable integration are some of the most significant aspects. These aspects are critical when considering the needs of a telemedicine app, from security to accessibility.
The global telemedicine market is estimated at USD 27.04 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 37.2 percent to USD 171.81 billion by 2026.
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