Right now, nursing home residents and post-acute patients are having to wait much longer than they should in order to see a physician or APRN. For post-acute patients admitted to nursing homes, the wait is an average of 3.2 days for urban areas or 8.1 days rural areas. These statistics unfortunately lead to poor medical outcomes, higher death rates, and higher re-hospitalization rates. It’s time to learn more about telemedicine in nursing homes.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way. While the COVID pandemic overtook the world, the healthcare industry barreled ahead through the use of telemedicine in nursing homes. Adoption of telemedicine in every nursing home across the nation could work the same wonders for this sector of healthcare. Telemedicine in every nursing home would mean that every patient has access to the medical attention that they need at all times. Add to this the presence of an on-site APRN, and medical outcomes would get significantly better.
In fact, the presence of an on-site APRN reduces re-hospitalizations by up to 48% and through telemedicine, readmissions can be reduced by an additional 22%.
The skyrocketing increase in the use of telemedicine has provided positive outcomes in the healthcare industry across the board. It’s vitally important for nursing homes to have access to this same technology to give our most vulnerable population the care they deserve. Learn more about telemedicine in nursing homes in the infographic below.