Telehealth and Its Advantages

Telemedicine has the potential to offer tremendous benefits for the modern healthcare environment and clinical treatment. This growing area of medical practice considers the connection of the medical and technological systems. The field of telemedicine includes everything from telemedicine software to telemedicine headsets and devices. Telemedicine is also known as “big data”, “data on-demand” or “whole-health care”. This buzzword, which sounds like a brand new scientific term, actually is an evolution of the term “telemedicine” into the more familiar terms we use today. The goal is to combine all the resources of conventional medical practices in a single electronic medical environment, where medical advice and diagnostic tests can be accessed by medical professionals in different locations that have internet access.

 

It enables long-distance patient care

Telemedicine is the delivery of healthcare information and health-related services via telecommunication technology and direct contact with a patient, clinician, medical professional, or another healthcare provider. It enables long-distance patient care, routine care, reminders, educational information, therapy, consultation, observation, remote admissions, monitoring, and referral. In simple terms, telehealth allows the physician, nurse, psychiatrist, physician assistant, or pharmacy tech to serve the entire health care team with one coordinated visit or a variety of messages that are delivered by voice, text, or email. The concept is not far from the idea that led to “one-stop shopping” where products and services are offered by a retailer who also acts as a primary sales and service provider.

 

healthcare providers often provide ongoing access to patients via the Internet

Many patients do not have a computer at home or in their workplace, so a telephone or broadband Internet connection is not always readily available. As a result, healthcare providers often provide ongoing access to patients via the Internet. Health insurance plans often require the telehealth provider to offer an online portal through which insured patients can obtain medical advice and details about their health. Telemedicine allows patients to use a secure online portal through which they can obtain detailed information about their care and treatment. Telemedicine is particularly beneficial to patients who may not be able to access the Internet on their own, especially those who are elderly, ill, or homebound.

 

Patients can receive routine and emergency medical care in the comfort of their own homes

Telemedicine is the automation of medical practice management by integrating a patient’s medical records with the medical information of a remote healthcare provider. The patient’s records are seamlessly linked to the provider’s records so that if a patient has to be admitted, for example, that care provider will know what medicines to prescribe, when to make them, and whether or not to hospitalize the patient. Telemedicine provides a way to bring all members of the healthcare team up to speed with the medical history of patients and their condition as well as any new information that becomes available.

 

Telemedicine can help save money

Because most health insurance plans are partially managed via an electronic record of patient history, providers can use telehealth to drive down costs and save money on paper-based records. Telemedicine allows for easy communication between physicians and patients as well as between various healthcare workers (including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) and health insurance companies. Telemedicine is expected to eventually become the primary method of communication between healthcare workers and patients in the United States.

 

Although telehealth provides many unique advantages for patients and providers, it does have some pitfalls. Some of the problems that have arisen from telecommunication technology (mainly data security issues) are related more to the trend toward telemedicine as opposed to its adoption as an industry by medical professionals and health insurance companies. However, there is a growing body of research that suggests that the use of telehealth can create and maintain a healthier public health environment.

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