The Advantages & Disadvantages of Telemedical Care

The Advantages & Disadvantages of Telemedical Care

The Advantages & Disadvantages of Telemedical Care

13 Feb 2019

A blog on the adv & disv of Telemedical Care by Edwin Rajadurai

Telemedicine

It’s no doubt that Telemedicine has provided a much-needed innovation to medical care throughout the world. In the United Kingdom, the introduction of Telemedical providers such as Babylon Health, Push Doctor & Immedicare (to name but a few) have given the general public an alternative route for receiving treatment and care over various online platforms. This article will look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of treatments provided through Telemedicine.

Advantages of Telemedicine

Telemedicine Increases Access to Care – distance, travel time and availability to traditional care can limit the access for patients. Telemedical platforms remove these barriers and allows fast and efficient care where required. Better Healthcare outcomes – Telemedicine allows patients to be followed up easier where and if necessary. Flexibility to the Patients – Because consultations can be done anywhere, patients no longer need to book time off work, arrange childcare or make other sacrifices to commitments in order to see a Doctor. More time with the patients – Conventionally, Telemedical care is provided on a subscription or fee basis. This means that unlike seeing a Doctor under an established time slot (of usually 10 mins), patients do not feel as rushed during their consultations. Fewer “no-shows” – Telemedicine eliminates many of the factors, like transportation problems, work obligations, and childcare issues that cause people to cancel at the last minute or to miss appointments.

Disadvantages of Telemedicine - Causes of Medical Negligence

Missed Diagnosis – Telemedicine eliminates the ability to conduct a physical examination. Although there are specific question sets that can be asked to assess overall symptoms, there isn’t really a substitute for a physical examination when diagnosing a patient. For this reason, diagnosis’s can be missed. Reduced Continuity of Care – Patients may not be able to “see” the same Doctor from one consultation to the next. Although patient notes are recorded, there’s nothing quite like speaking to your regular Doctor. Technological Issues or malfunctions – At the end of the day, technology is technology. You can only do so much to guard against application, system and interface errors. Development of Super-Bugs – Studies have shown that since the introduction of telemedical care, there has been an inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics made by Doctors. This inevitably contributes to antibiotic resistance and eventually leads to the formation of Super-Bugs. No communication with the NHS – Consultation notes can be invaluable in treating patients. At present most telemedical entities do not integrate with the NHS and so there is a “gap” in information with regards to previous treatments and prescriptions provided.

How can we help you?

Servca have been providing Medical Indemnity for telemedical entities from their inception. We work diligently alongside our clients in identifying risk exposures that they may face – these may include, but are not limited to: Medical Indemnity (negligence) – Contingent cover and also Cover for Doctors working on behalf of telemedical entities. Tech-PI – to cover faults and errors in the platform. Cyber Liability – to cover for any cyber breaches. Public Liability – to cover claims against third party individuals for injury or damage. Run-Off Cover – to cover claims after a policy is cancelled or lapses. To learn more about how Servca can help with your telemedical organisation insurance, get in contact with Managing Director Dr Edwin Rajadurai (MBBS). You can also read more about our Telemedicine & Medical Technology policy HERE. We provide specialist advice to all Telemedical specialities including: General Practice, Dentistry, Accident & Emergencies & Psychiatry.

Written by Dr Edwin Rajadurai (MBBS)E: erajadurai@servca.com | T: 02078 469010

Telemedicine

It’s no doubt that Telemedicine has provided a much-needed innovation to medical care throughout the world. In the United Kingdom, the introduction of Telemedical providers such as Babylon Health, Push Doctor & Immedicare (to name but a few) have given the general public an alternative route for receiving treatment and care over various online platforms. This article will look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of treatments provided through Telemedicine.

Advantages of Telemedicine

Telemedicine Increases Access to Care – distance, travel time and availability to traditional care can limit the access for patients. Telemedical platforms remove these barriers and allows fast and efficient care where required. Better Healthcare outcomes – Telemedicine allows patients to be followed up easier where and if necessary. Flexibility to the Patients – Because consultations can be done anywhere, patients no longer need to book time off work, arrange childcare or make other sacrifices to commitments in order to see a Doctor. More time with the patients – Conventionally, Telemedical care is provided on a subscription or fee basis. This means that unlike seeing a Doctor under an established time slot (of usually 10 mins), patients do not feel as rushed during their consultations. Fewer “no-shows” – Telemedicine eliminates many of the factors, like transportation problems, work obligations, and childcare issues that cause people to cancel at the last minute or to miss appointments.

Disadvantages of Telemedicine - Causes of Medical Negligence

Missed Diagnosis – Telemedicine eliminates the ability to conduct a physical examination. Although there are specific question sets that can be asked to assess overall symptoms, there isn’t really a substitute for a physical examination when diagnosing a patient. For this reason, diagnosis’s can be missed. Reduced Continuity of Care – Patients may not be able to “see” the same Doctor from one consultation to the next. Although patient notes are recorded, there’s nothing quite like speaking to your regular Doctor. Technological Issues or malfunctions – At the end of the day, technology is technology. You can only do so much to guard against application, system and interface errors. Development of Super-Bugs – Studies have shown that since the introduction of telemedical care, there has been an inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics made by Doctors. This inevitably contributes to antibiotic resistance and eventually leads to the formation of Super-Bugs. No communication with the NHS – Consultation notes can be invaluable in treating patients. At present most telemedical entities do not integrate with the NHS and so there is a “gap” in information with regards to previous treatments and prescriptions provided.

How can we help you?

Servca have been providing Medical Indemnity for telemedical entities from their inception. We work diligently alongside our clients in identifying risk exposures that they may face – these may include, but are not limited to: Medical Indemnity (negligence) – Contingent cover and also Cover for Doctors working on behalf of telemedical entities. Tech-PI – to cover faults and errors in the platform. Cyber Liability – to cover for any cyber breaches. Public Liability – to cover claims against third party individuals for injury or damage. Run-Off Cover – to cover claims after a policy is cancelled or lapses. To learn more about how Servca can help with your telemedical organisation insurance, get in contact with Managing Director Dr Edwin Rajadurai (MBBS). You can also read more about our Telemedicine & Medical Technology policy HERE. We provide specialist advice to all Telemedical specialities including: General Practice, Dentistry, Accident & Emergencies & Psychiatry.

Written by Dr Edwin Rajadurai (MBBS)E: erajadurai@servca.com | T: 02078 469010

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United Kingdom


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info@servca.com


Broker at Lloyd’s SLM1389

European Office

Servca Europe

Dragonara Business Centre

Dragonara Road

5th Floor

St Julian’s, STJ 3141

Republic of Malta


+356 (20) 341690

eu@servca.com


Broker at Lloyd’s (Brussels) SLM1883

Canadian Office

Servca Canada Insurance Group Inc
40 King Street West
Suite 2100
Toronto
M5H 3C2
Canada


+1 (647) 846 5555

canada@servca.com


Non-regulated servicing company

Northern Ireland

Servca Northern Ireland
River House Belfast

48-60 High Street

Belfast

BT1 2BE



+44 (0) 2895582000

ni@servca.com


Broker at Lloyd’s SLM1389

© 2024 Servca


Servca Group Ltd is a private limited company registered in England and Wales; Registered Number: 7727494; Registered Office: Dukes House, 32-38 Dukes Place, 5th Floor, London, EC3A 7LP, United Kingdom. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Servca European Insurance Brokers Ltd (a private limited company incorporated in Malta and enrolled to act as an insurance broker); Tower Business Centre, Level 3, Tower Street, Swatar, BKR, 4013, Republic of Malta. UK branch office is registered in England and Wales, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Servca Canada Insurance Group Inc, a private limited company incorporated at 40 King Street West, Suite 2100, Toronto, M5H 3C2, Canada. Servca group of companies are owned and operated by Servca Group Holdings Ltd, a private limited company registered in England & Wales.

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Global Headquarters

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Dukes House

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5th Floor

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United Kingdom


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info@servca.com


Broker at Lloyd’s SLM1389

European Office

Servca Europe

Dragonara Business Centre

Dragonara Road

5th Floor

St Julian’s, STJ 3141

Republic of Malta


+356 (20) 341690

eu@servca.com


Broker at Lloyd’s (Brussels) SLM1883

Canadian Office

Servca Canada Insurance Group Inc
40 King Street West
Suite 2100
Toronto
M5H 3C2
Canada


+1 (647) 846 5555

canada@servca.com


Non-regulated servicing company

Northern Ireland

Servca Northern Ireland
River House Belfast

48-60 High Street

Belfast

BT1 2BE


+44 (0) 2895582000

ni@servca.com


Broker at Lloyd’s SLM1389

© 2024 Servca


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