What You Need To Know About Telemedicine

This is the use of telecommunication services between a doctor and a patient on matters of health.  This may be in the form of one, Store- and -forward telemedicine. This type involves the collection of medical data, recorded on one site and then sent to another site for consultation.  This site is usually more advanced and has the required technology for analysis of the sent medical data.

Another form of telemedicine is remote controlling. This is the use of telecommunication to monitor the health aspects of a patient in a remote area. With this technology, the doctor is able to collect blood sugar levels, weight, and even heart rate.

Telemedicine also involves the use of Real Time Interactive services which essentially the most known type of telemedicine. This involves the direct audio and or visual communication between a doctor and a patient.  A patient will, for instance, describe their symptoms, in detail, to the doctor or show a certain swelling on their body. Then the doctor may make a professional medical diagnosis based on the symptoms given. Examples of this form of telemedicine are teleneuropsychology and telenursing. 

Telemedicine Providers

In recent years, the use of telemedicine has become widely popular.  The high demand has so far been adequately provided for by the various telemedicine providers. This includes nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, nutritional professionals, physicians and physician assistants.

Telecommunication providers are made up of medical professionals. Certain states’ legislations particularly require that a telemedicine provider must have a valid state licence in addition to a valid practicing certificate.

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Benefits of Telemedicine

Foremost, telemedicine is a very convenient solution than going directly to the doctors. Although most health care providers are open 24 hours, accessing them in late night hours is inconvenient. Further, telemedicine offers a reduction in waiting time for consultations and other health services. Long queues are a common thing in the hospital, more so in public hospitals. This is not only time consuming but also predisposes a patient to contract communal diseases.

One of the more prevalent benefits of telemedicine is that it is cost effective because there are no travel expenses incurred.  Telemedicine is particularly beneficial to patients who regularly travel abroad for check-ups due to the severity of their diseases. In addition to this, telemedicine allows you to receive the second opinion faster. Furthermore, telemedicine offers fast accessibility to specialized health services for the people living in underdeveloped areas that lack specialist health care providers. In this regard, a patient can have access to health services anywhere in the world.

Telemedicine Services

  • Professional consultations
  • Past and present medical history review
  • Regular check-ups and screening
  • Prescriptions for medicines, a pair of eye glasses etc.
  • Health status monitoring of weight, heart rate
  • Follow-up services for patients with chronic illnesses
  • Group support as in hospice setting
  • Teleradiology services; transmission of radiological images such as X-rays
  • Telepathological services;  transmission of pathological specimen for study and diagnosis in a remote place
  • Telenursing; conduct of nursing care through telecommunication
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