The Telemedicine Revolution ? telemedicine possesses the potential to take the healthcare world into another level especially if it is wisely integrated into the health system.
Consumers today can almost purchase anything online today: cars, houses, large gifts and even expensive vacations. And as people do this, they largely trust the technology they are using to do this. So why should healthcare be any different?
The doctor can see the patient (Virtually) now ? healthcare consumers that are used to online transactions, are steadily buying into the telemedicine idea where they receive their healthcare virtually through technology. Rural areas especially, can immensely gain from telemedicine as this arrangement gives isolated patients an opportunity to access healthcare without having to drive long distances. On the other hand, doctors can reduce on their transit time. Isolated doctors in rural areas can also be supported by telemedicine hence bringing specialist knowledge to areas where there was none.
The telemedicine arrangement basically came as a result of necessity a few years ago and since then, the practice has continued to grow and expand. Telemedicine can have a great impact to urban health systems as well.
Telemedicine allows patients who require urgent care to receive treatment from the comfort of their homes or retail locations. Patients do usually have a choice between getting treatment through telemedicine or seeing a physician in person especially for patients who come into physical emergency rooms and those who require low acuity care.
In essence, the average discharge time of patients has been greatly reduced by telemedicine.
Telemedicine is best suitable for acute emergency care. The New York- Presbyterian has mobile CT scanners and telemedicine capabilities outfitted into ambulatory vehicles. Stroke patients for example, are averagely treated 70 minutes faster thanks to the so-called Mobile Stroke Unit. This therefore can make a big difference in the full recovery and complete debilitation of a patient.
Telemedicine has one major challenge though , and that is to convince both the consumers and doctors that telemedicine can be used for the treatment of serious medical issues.
The riding perception here is that telehealth is used to treat minor health issues while serious conditions are suitably treated by in-person care. However, it is now about integrating all types of care with telemedicine.
There have been a lot of progress in the telecare sector in the past couple of years and this is easily seen in clarified protocols and increased standards. This has therefore made telecare an important aspect of regular healthcare.
Telemedicine is now a novelty which has grown from island of misfit toys to a practice that ensures high standards.
Telemedicine?s revolution was fueled by disruption in healthcare majorly attributed to consumers and emerging technology.