Advantages of telehealth include convenience to both patient and physician, reduced time waiting for medical attention, cost-effectiveness, and improvement of the communication between doctor and patient, such as the ability to send MRI and X-ray information through email, according to U.S News and World Health Report. Disadvantages of telehealth include vulnerability to electrical glitches, resistance from physicians, and inadequate medical assessment because of lack of personal contact between patient and physician.
Telehealth complies with regulations set to assure patients of their medical privacy, states U.S News and World Report. Telemedicine is safe and private because medical records are secure and free from leakage. Busy patients are able to avoid personal visits unless extremely necessary. Most physicians charge less on telehealth consultations than for personal visits. It also eliminates travel expenses and enables patients in remote areas to access health services without the need to endure long travelling hours.
Electrical power outages and bad weather can affect Internet connections, therefore disrupting communication between physicians and their patients, cautions U.S News and World Health Report. Some doctors are uncomfortable with online technology. However, most of these doctors are now responding positively to telehealth, as of 2015. This is because these doctors recognize the efficiency of telemedicine in managing patients with chronic ailments and the opportunity to expand to remote areas.