Around 15-20 percent of patients in the United States live in rural areas. Unfortunately, between primary care shortages, hospital closures, and geographic isolation, those patients are up against significant barriers to accessing healthcare. The National Rural Health Association reports there are only 30 specialists per 100,000 people in rural communities, compared to 263 specialists per 100,000 urban residents.
In this series of blogs, Translating Healthcare, we will highlight and break down the meaning of phrases and terminology that are increasingly used, but not always widely understood. Today, we'll be unpacking the definitions of synchronous and asynchronous and examples of how they apply to the medical world.
Synchronous vs Asynchronous
On a basic level it might be clear that these two words refer to opposing things and have something to do with time… but how does their meaning they apply to healthcare?
A full, consistent schedule is the bread and butter of any successful medical practice. Patients who miss their appointments, no-shows and last-minute cancellations can have a huge impact on your practice’s financial health.
So, you are on the market for a technology solution to support your organization in accessing medical records more efficiently… now what? The answer depends heavily on the unique issues that you are trying to solve.
Dr. Littrell has extensive training beyond the chiropractic doctoral program. She holds several certifications well beyond the standard for her industry, including Diplomate of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (DIANM), and Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR). The DACBR certificate is held by fewer than 350 people in the U.S. and requires an extensive residency and successful completion of 2 board examinations.