COVID-19 restrictions are lifting throughout North America, making it possible for many patients to visit their doctor's office once again. However, even though certain public health rules are winding down, not all patients will be immediately comfortable visiting a medical clinic any time soon.
According to a recent report from McKinsey & Company, 40% of patients said they "expect to continue using telehealth going forward." In order for that expectation to be met, healthcare professionals need to continually make telehealth appointments available to patients. By extension, this means video conferencing entities like Banty Inc. need to continually develop high-quality virtual medicine solutions for physicians to use.
"Shortly after the COVID-19 global pandemic took hold, a lot of patients were unable to walk into a medical clinic and see their doctor," recalls Dr. Richard Tytus, Co-Founder and Medical Director of Banty Inc. "This made me realize just how important it was to have an easy and secure telehealth solution in which patients would use to reach me. My biggest fear was the potential of certain patients experiencing a decline in health because they didn't have a great way to reach me."
This moment in time led to Banty Inc. beginning to develop video conferencing and online workflow solutions for medical clinics. COVID-19 proved to the world that the medical sector needed to be better prepared for such widespread health crises in the future and that patients would be open to online appointments.
Now that patients, in particular, expect there to be a telehealth appointment option available to them moving forward, it is imperative that physicians adopt solutions like Banty to ensure their patients can continue to receive remote care.
"I've always been a big believer in seeing a patient face-to-face when treating them," adds Dr. Tytus. "While many physicians feel okay about conducting appointments over the phone, I don't believe such a format is as helpful as a video call would be. As such, I am calling on my colleagues in the healthcare community to seriously consider using a virtual medicine solution moving forward. Not all appointments need to be, or can be handled in this matter, but the option should be available."
Continues Dr. Tytus: "In order for patients to get the care they desire, physicians and tech companies need to consistently strive to build the best virtual care solutions for patients."
Thanks to Benzinga for this coverage of Banty!