The Many Fundamental Applications of Telehealth Technology
As the world struggles to recover from the tragedy of an ongoing pandemic, Telehealth technology has emerged as a critical messiah that is not only helping save lives but is also determined to save our way of life pertaining to the impending economic crisis.
Telehealth technology has allowed patients to continue availing healthcare, while simultaneously making sure practitioners and their clinics stay operational and financially viable as the world faces an uncertain future in lockdown.
What is Telehealth technology?
Telehealth can very simply be defined as technology that facilitates the delivery of health care, health information and health education via remote technologies like computers or mobile phones. Telehealth provides patients with the tool to consult with their doctors from the comfort of their respective abodes. If recent times are taken into consideration, it allows for face to face communication without compromising on the concept of physical distancing.
The Benefits of Telehealth include:
- • Making Healthcare accessible for rural and isolated communities.
- • Access to behavioral and other medical specialists
- • Making services available for communities and people with limited mobility, or transportation options
- • Improved communication between doctors and patients
- • Improved self-management of health care practice
The below article is focused on how pervasive telehealth technology has become in our healthcare industry. We will be specifically focusing on some of its key applications in terms of providing efficient and adequate care.
So without much further let’s get started.
Telehealth Technology Applications
Today, many technologies are being pumped into the industry with the promise of forever associating telehealth with the service of healthcare. These technologies include mHealth – smartphones and tablets for telehealth, remote patient monitoring, digital photography, audio and video technology, forward and store technology and many more.
Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM)
Remote Patient Monitoring, aka RPM is technology that involves collection, reporting, transmission and evaluation of crucial patient health data via electronic devices. RPM technologies require patients to measure their health data and then transmit it to their physicians for further evaluation. RPM technologies in the form of wearable electronic devices are now being used to collect an array of crucial patient health information like cardiac stats, oxygen levels, and respiratory rates.
(mhealth) Mobile health Telehealth technology
You would be hard strung to find an individual today who does not own and use a smartphone. Smartphones have become tools that have defined human civilization at the turn of the 21st century. Smartphones can now be used for entertainment, calculations, business, education, financial purposes, and so much more.
So it is only fair that it be used to make healthcare convenient. mHealth basically refers to mobile apps and tools that patients use on their smartphones or tablets to avail healthcare. These applications allow users to set medications, appointment reminders and share information with their dedicated practitioners, just like DENmaar’s mental health medical billing application.
Thanks to mHealth, patients can now use asthma or diabetes management tools or talk face to face with their doctors via video conferencing.
Perhaps the most relevant, considering the times we are living in; video conferencing has been such a sweet gift of science to mankind. Loved ones can now interact with each other daily and quite conveniently from anywhere around the world, path-breaking trade deals can be closed immediately without any communication barriers, and of course, doctors can advise their patients without making them wait in the clinic or travel long distances.
Real-time video communication platforms are helping doctors and clinicians take better care of their patients without meeting them in-person. This technology has facilitated healthcare for rural inhabitants and soldiers and militants stuck away from civilization.
Store and Forward
Store and forward technology refer to the usage of storage and transmission technology to capture, store and transmit patient health information for asynchronous healthcare delivery. Information like CAT scans, MRI’s, photos, videos, etc. are captured from patients and sent to assigned specialists and practitioners to assist with their healthcare. Technology like secure email platforms, servers, and routers are used to temporarily store this information and send it to the appropriate recipient in time.
Future of Telehealth technology
With many big players jumping in to meddle with this technology, you can bet Telehealth technology will be a key healthcare player in times to come ahead. Big names like Amazon and Wal-Mart have already begun operations on introducing their own version of telehealth technology. We can hope that telehealth technology can work effectively in bringing down healthcare costs and make healthcare more accessible to all.
DENmaar’s TeleHealth Services
At DENmaar, our telehealth solution offers both patients and providers with a communication technology that allows the access and management of health care services from homes of patients or the practices of doctors. This teleconferencing feature allows practitioners to attend to their patients, on their computer screens, where-in they can consult and serve their clients without having to make them wait in their clinics or making them transit long distances.
All you have to do to access our feature, whether you are a provider or patient, is to sign up to our app and avail our telepsych feature.