Evolving Role of Telemedicine in Healthcare

Evolving Role of Telemedicine in Healthcare

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, May 16, 2019

FREMONT, CA: The healthcare sector has seen immense growth over the past decades, which are brought by the advancement of technology. Today, as technological innovation disrupts the entire industry, doctors and health care professionals are more than willing to adopt, and even promote, new approaches to health care.  Telemedicine is such a technology that completely changed healthcare delivery. It is the use of telecommunication technology such as smartphones and computers to provide clinical services to patients over long distance communication.

The primary goal of telemedicine is to deliver health care services to patients in remote or rural areas, offering a solution for challenges such as a shortage of medical professionals and health care facilities. Smaller hospitals in rural areas are also able to provide intensive care services with the help of specialists in other facilities via remote patient monitoring systems. For the patients in urban areas who are less willing to waste their time traveling to the hospitals can have a convenient way of accessing on-demand and immediate care.

Patients those suffering from chronic disease conditions are also able to benefit from telemedicine technologies that allow them to share updates and real-time medical information to their physician in case of emergencies. Patients can easily connect with their healthcare providers and medical professionals due to the emergence of mobile health applications and secure messaging solutions as well as remote monitoring systems.

Telemedicine enables patients, medical providers, insurers, and even employers reduce health care costs. Expensive hospital visits can be significantly reduced for patients with chronic conditions through the use of remote analysis and monitoring services. Telemedicine services can also help employers and employees save time and money by reducing absences from work and billable expenses incurred from hospital visits.

Telemedicine offers care that is patient-centered and provides with quality care when needed. Medical risks can be quickly addressed through real-time urgent consultations within minutes. Timely diagnosis and the early treatment of a patient will often result in improved outcomes and fewer expenses. Telemedicine increases patient engagement by helping them maintain check-up appointments and care schedules.

The technology that drives telemedicine is in its infancy but soon will gain momentum in the medical field and public sphere as innovations skyrockets.

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