The reason is simple: it is very convenient, the same as “brick-and-mortar” medicine, with the same opinions and follow-ups but not tied to any place in the world, so that you can get help wherever you are.
What is more, with telemedicine, patients have become active participants of their care: the process is more transparent, people understand what they want and choose the doctor that better matches with their needs and their personality.
In our new article, we’ll get to the bottom of the very notion of telemedicine, review the trends on the market and see the cases when it doesn’t fit.
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is a union of technology with health to provide remote care for patients. The primary cases of its usage were emergency situation and inaccessibility to healthcare institutions. For example, when an emergency doctors need advice from a remote neurologist or another narrowly focused specialist, they can organize tele-assistance with the help of video streaming, connected devices, or even VR.
However, with the growing global standard of health and the development of telemedicine technology, people strive for continuous, real-time care on demand, so telemedicine application goes beyond the urgent cases and extends over daily consulting and after-visit follow-ups.
Tele-consulting is the most common case for telemedicine. Normally, the technical solution includes the web or mobile app for remote consulting with the messaging system and video streaming or CTI integration, ability to exchange files and synchronize information with measurements from wearables and IoT devices. A patient can connect to their personal doctor, or find one using the matching algorithm, that pairs them with the required specialist. After that, they can schedule virtual visits or write whenever they need, in an emergency situation as well as in regular cases when they need to ask.
Nevertheless, the technology is not limited to counseling, it spreads over the number of medical practices, such as teleradiology, teleneurology, teleophthalmology, and many more. The most of them rely on the cloud-based workflow powered by data from connected health devices with the ability of real-time interaction with a client or online networking with another specialist. By the way, telenetworking is another powerful means to ensure the right remote treatment for a patient, as it allows doctors to transmit materials over a distance so that the right specialist reads the right study, measurement or picture to interpret them for diagnostic or treatment purposes.
As you can see, the general concept of telehealth includes every remote health activity backed by technology solutions, with the most of them serving for multiple purposes from video consulting to self-control functions, like telerehabilitation platform VeraHome which combines at-home and onsite physical therapy and virtual visits.