The field of telemedicine has changed drastically from its inception. It was only about fifty years ago that a few hospitals started experimenting with telemedicine to reach patients in remote locations. But with the rapid changes in technology over the last few decades, telemedicine has transformed into a complex integrated service used in hospitals, homes, private physician offices, and other healthcare facilities.
Today the telemedicine field is changing faster than ever before. As technology advances at exponential levels, so does the widespread affordability and accessibility to basic telemedicine tools. The telemedicine provides three solutions, store-and-forward, remote patient monitoring, and real-time encounters.
In Store-and-forward telemedicine healthcare providers share patient medical information like lab reports, imaging studies, videos, and other records with a physician, radiologist, or specialist at another location. It isn’t unlike email, but it is done using a solution that has built-in, sophisticated security features to ensure patient confidentiality.
Store-and-forward telemedicine is an efficient way for patients, primary care providers, and specialists to collaborate because they can all review the information when it is convenient for them. The approach gives patients access to a care team that can be comprised of providers in different locations, even across long distances and in different time zones.
Remote patient monitoring, or Telemonitoring allows healthcare professionals to track a patient’s vital signs and activities at a distance. This is often used for the management of high-risk patients, like those with heart conditions and people who have recently been released from the hospital.
Remote monitoring is also extremely useful for the treatment of a number of chronic conditions. It can be used by diabetics, for example, to track their glucose levels and send the data to their doctor.
Real-time telemedicine/Live telemedicine makes it easy to do a doctor-patient visit anytime, anywhere. Live telemedicine includes any two-way communications (including video conferencing and phone consultations) that let providers and patients communicate in real-time. Assessments of medical history, basic visual examinations, psychiatric evaluations, and even ophthalmic tests can all be done via real-time telemedicine.
Raminfo’s Telemedicine services allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance using telecommunications technology. Telemedicine is often used for follow-up visits, management of chronic conditions, medication management, specialist consultation and a host of other clinical services that can be provided remotely via secure video and audio connections.