Facilitating Medical Expertise Across the World

Facilitating Medical Expertise Across the World

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Wednesday, August 10, 2022

With the world becoming disease-prone due to the development of a series of infections day by day, proper healthcare for people all over the world has become a significant need. Telehealth ensures that people are not deprived of their treatments despite their geographical locations and enables effective human well-being.

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The significance of obtaining knowledge regarding patients and the need to involve them in care management was instilled during the pandemic. Thus, patient engagement is pivotal in promoting patient behaviour. This has led most organisations to employ telehealth technology for endorsing patient engagement. Further, barriers such as geographical location and physical disability, which generally become hindrances for patients accessing healthcare services, are also omitted with the support of telehealth.

Nowadays, access to these services has become less difficult for people irrespective of their geographical locations. That is, telehealth counselling has become user-friendly as well as cost-efficient where people access services via video conferencing, store-and-forward imaging, and mobile health apps. This enables healthcare for all people who suffer from different impairments. The technologies that enable access comprise mostly available appliances such as smartphones and computers.

Distinguishing Telehealth from Telemedicine

While telemedicine focuses on remote clinical care, telehealth comprises all healthcare services bestowed via telecommunication, such as knowledge regarding the patient, provider-to-provider remote communication, and devices transmitting vital signs. Though both telehealth and telemedicine are used frequently by medical experts, telehealth supplements various digital activities and services.

Benefiting patients in remote areas with Telehealth services

• Examining patients in person might be challenging for patients living in remote areas or who are physically incapacitated. Online consultations are offered with virtual appointments, which is beneficial for patients with major illnesses. These virtual appointments are way too easy as the doctor or nurse prescribes medications right after the examining session for the enhanced well-being of the patients.

• Frequent monitoring is required for chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, etc. If in-person visits are neglected, the risk might be lateral. Telehealth utilises technologies to monitor patients, especially those with serious illnesses, even in remote areas. Using wearable devices enables recording vital information like heart rate, physical activity, posture control, sleeping pattern, and blood glucose. It transmits this recorded data to medical professionals and prioritises treatments when necessary. For instance, a diabetic patient records his/ her blood sugar levels regularly in a mobile health application, enabling doctors to keep track of their patient's health.

• Serving as an alternative to official connections such as emails, these applications are capable of communicating private medical information. These portals are way more secure in that it facilitates the professional doctor-patient relationship where prescriptions, refills, diagnostic results, and scheduled appointments are exchanged.

Thus, patient portals serve as a single point of communication between patients and other specialists that a physician may recommend. Further, by simplifying access to health services, telehealth makes it easier for patients to seek help when they are unwell.

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