5 areas in which telemedicine is making a revolution in healthcare
Telemedicine is the natural evolution of healthcare in the digital world, says the American Association of telemedicine. Today, many patients, doctors and other professionals in the field of health introduced a telemedicine. Telemedicine is not one specific type of service, and a set of tools to improve assistance to people and their learning.
The idea of communicating with doctors at a distance appeared immediately after the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham bell. Her first real experience can say when using the telephone when the United States was able to pass x-ray snimki 1950s. Now, in times of affordable smartphones and 4G Internet become widely available video chats, and electronic devices that are patients at a distance to transmit data in the electronic medical history.
Perhaps the most important goal of telemedicine is long-lasting monitoring of patients while they are at work or at home – says in the pages of Forbes of Surjya Signal (Shourjya Sanyal), a specialist in the use of artificial intelligence in medical devices. He listed five aspects, which, in his opinion, are the most important contribution of telemedicine in healthcare.
Monitoring of the status of the elderly
It is expected that between 2000 and 2050 the number of people aged over 60 will increase from 605 million to 2 billion. This is a rapidly growing group of people needs to obtain the most benefit from telemedicine. Creating platforms for communication of elderly people with doctors are now engaged in large companies (Comarch,American Well, etc.). Currently, there are also services that help to ensure regular intake of medicines (for example, AdhereTech иMyUBox) and help people who are caring for older patients.
Developed robots (Mabu and ElliQ), which may be virtual assistants, companions for elderly people living independently. Voice Amazon EchoиOrbita Health found help in the purchase of medicines and care coordination.
Remote mental health care
Telepsychiatry, section telemedicine can be used for various purposes, including a psychiatric examination, different types of therapy, patient education and assistance with medication management, according to the website of the American psychiatric Association (American Psychiatry Association).
Telepsychiatry advantage is the reduced stigmatization of patients, and improving access to care. In the US there are several platforms for this service.
A second opinion
Patients are often looking for a quick and inexpensive option of obtaining a second opinion about your health condition and the prescribed treatment. Telemedicine has facilitated the satisfaction of this natural need: the number of services grows, they all involved commercial organizations, and clinics.
Assistance in remote corners
The first use of telemedicine was associated with people who are far from medical facilities. Signal indicates that only in USA more than 65 million people live more than hour away from the nearest hospital with an emergency Department. Many hospitals have already started to work remotely with people from such deserts.
A new perspective on health insurance
This paragraph is justified not everywhere, but in USA it is important. Patients and their families often want long-term medical surveillance. Conventional insurers work with medical institutions, and some, for example, building a new Oscar Health insurance system, going from the services of telemedicine.
Telemedicine is becoming more and more voluminous part of the health care adopts and its problems, which include rising prices. An important question is, will she be able to deliver a new level of quality quality and availability of medical care in the world.