Telemedicine is a great option for patients who find it difficult to travel to clinics or hospitals to consult with a doctor.
WHAT IS TELEMEDICINE?
Telemedicine simply means the use of communications and information technology for the delivery of clinical care.
It can be as simple as two healthcare experts discussing a patient over the phone or as complex as using satellite technology and facilities such as videoconferencing for real-time consultation between a doctor and a patient sitting in a remote corner of the world.
What the home health staff should do:
The costs associated with physical visits to hospitals or doctor’s offices can substantially reduce for both patient and doctor, by using telemedicine technologies like videoconferencing.
Telemedicine also reduces isolation that clinicians can experience in small medical facilities in distant location.
Telemedicine allows local practitioners to consult with their peers and with clinical experts when needed.
Telemedicine further allows them to participate in grand rounds and education opportunities they would notnormally have access to without travel and time away from their patients.
Telemedicine is also proving to be the ideal way to manage chronic conditions and administer preventive medicine.
By facilitating communication between doctors and patients, telemedicine makes it easy to monitor discharged patients and track patient recovery
Research shows that the use of telemedicine technologies results in fewer hospital re-admissions, more faithful following of prescribed courses of treatment, and faster recovery than that of patients not receiving remote treatment and consultation.
With the help of telemedicine hospitals can create networks to help each other. They can share their expertise outside their own set-ups to advise their colleagues on the treatment of their patients.
Telemedicine provides more efficient use of limited expert resources who can “see” patients in multiple locations wherever they are needed without leaving their facility.
In developed and developing countries telemedicine offers a reduced cost solution to delivering remote care when and where it is needed without the building and staffing added facilities.
Telemedicine has become standard medical practice and is in daily use across dozens of countries. Over 10,000 peer review papers have been published over the past 20 years supporting the clinical effectiveness and cost savings of telemedicine.
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