One of the most important benefits of telemedicine involves improved access for patients in remote locations. For more than four decades, healthcare systems have used telemedicine to address provider shortages in both rural and urban areas. Furthermore, research has demonstrated that telemedicine can actually improve patient outcomes in certain specialties, including psychiatry and intensive care.
In economic terms, telemedicine has shown a remarkable ability to reduce the cost of quality healthcare services, primarily through shared health professional staffing, shorter hospital stays, reduced travel times, and better management of chronic diseases. Perhaps most importantly, patients have reported high levels of satisfaction with telemedicine. Not only can patients receive instant care from specialists, but they also enjoy access to services that might not be available otherwise.