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Video: 5 Ways Telemedicine Is Revolutionizing Healthcare
5 ways telemedicine is revolutionizing healthcare
“Perhaps the most important goal of telemedicine is the long-term observation of patients while they are at work or at home,” says Shurjya Senyal, an expert on the use of artificial intelligence in medical devices, on the pages of Forbes. He listed five aspects that, in his opinion, are the most important contributions of telemedicine to health care.
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“Telemedicine is the natural evolution of healthcare in the digital world,” says the American Telemedicine Association. Today, many patients, doctors and other healthcare professionals have adopted telemedicine. Telemedicine is not one specific service, but a collection of tools to improve the care and learning of people.
The idea of communicating with doctors at a distance arose immediately after the invention of the telephone by Alexander Bell. Her real first experience can be said when the United States was able to transmit X-rays using a telephone connection in the 1950s. Now, in the days of affordable smartphones and 4G internet, video chats are becoming widely available, and electronic devices worn by patients can transmit data to electronic medical records at a distance.
“Perhaps the most important goal of telemedicine is the long-term monitoring of patients while they are at work or at home,” says Shourjya Sanyal, an expert in the use of artificial intelligence in medical devices, on the pages of Forbes. He listed five aspects that, in his opinion, are the most important contributions of telemedicine to health care.
Monitoring the condition of the elderly
From 2000 to 2050, the number of people over the age of 60 is expected to grow from 605 million to 2 billion. This rapidly growing group of people should benefit greatly from telemedicine. Large companies (Comarch, American Well, and others) are now creating platforms for communication between older people and doctors. There are also services now available to help keep track of regular medication use (such as AdhereTech and MyUBox) and help caregivers for older patients.
Robots (Mabu and ElliQ) have been developed, which can be virtual assistants and companions for old people living on their own. Amazon Echo and Orbita Health voice services are being sharpened to help with drug buying and coordination of care.
Remote mental health care
Telepsychiatry, a branch of telemedicine, can be used for a variety of purposes, including psychiatric evaluation, various types of therapy, patient education, and medication assistance, according to the American Psychiatry Association website.
The benefits of telepsychiatry are believed to reduce stigmatization of patients and improve access to care. There are several platforms for this service in the US.
Patients often look for a quick and inexpensive option to get a second opinion about their health status and treatment. Telemedicine has made it easier to meet this natural need: the number of services is growing, both commercial organizations and clinics are involved in their provision.
Help in remote corners
The first case of using telemedicine was associated precisely with helping people who are far from medical institutions. Senyal points out that in the United States alone, more than 65 million people live more than an hour's drive from the nearest hospital with an emergency department. Many hospitals have already begun to work remotely with people from such “deserts”.
A new look at health insurance
This point is not yet justified everywhere, but in the USA it is an important point. Patients and their families often want long-term medical follow-up. Regular insurers work with medical institutions, and some, for example, Oscar Health, are building new insurance systems based on telemedicine services.
Telemedicine, becoming an ever more voluminous part of health care, adopts its problems, which include rising prices. An important question is whether it will be able to bring the quality and availability of medical care around the world to a new qualitative level.
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