Who Needs Telemedicine?o Patients who cannot find care in their communityo Patients with conditions that make it hard to travelo Patients whose families can’t help them travelo Patients that cannot afford the travel expenseso Patients who do not want to be seen in their community due to privacy issues
Why Should Patients Use Telemedicine?o Time saving • Save the time in travelling • Easy to schedule around daily activitieso Cost saving • Save on gas and parking • No need to take a whole day off work or school
Why Should Patients Use Telemedicine?o Quality of Care • Feels like a face-to-face appointment • Same level of care and treatment • Ability for other caregivers to be present in the appointment (teachers, school nurses, grandparents, daycare providers, other physicians)
Why Should Local Providers Refer Patients to Telemedicine?o Limited specialists availableo To be more involved in patient care (can attend appointments with the patient)o For second opinions on conditionso For the safety of patients that have difficulty traveling
How to Reach Target Audiences?• Community based marketing can provide the opportunity to educate and inform the many people and organizations that will come in contact with your telemedicine program• Direct marketing to providers can assure that your telemedicine program is positively received by general practitioners and other specialists to receive adoption in target communities
How to Reach Potential Patients? o Community Events • Reach out to the public through community health fairs o Traditional Media: TV, Radio • Talk about the televideo service on television or radio programs o Collaborate with Schools and Clinics/Hospitals o Work with schools on education and referral o Visit clinics and hospitals to tell them about your services and how they can get involved
How to Reach Potential Patients? o Social Media… • Build a website to introduce the televideo services that are provided • Hold webinars and invite your target audiences • Market with social media such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and a blog.
How to Reach Local Providers?o Telephone/Email • Collect email and phone numbers of providers to tell them about your services and clinicso Site Visits o Visit community hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices to see if they have patients that could benefit and to provide them with information about referralso Partnerships • Meet with other health professionals and organizations to exchange ideas about televideo and what is needed in their communities