Telemedicine Technology Brings Healthcare to Your Home

If you like the idea of seeing your doctor over a video conference on your laptop or smartphone, you are not alone. Telemedicine technology overcomes barriers to health services caused by the distance between you and your doctor, access to reliable transportation, and fragmentation of care due to gaps in time between appointments.

Telemedicine Technology implements digital communications tools and software that allow patients to receive virtual healthcare services wherever they may be. It has eliminated the need to travel long distances for medical appointments and the stress of such long medical journeys.

The Emerging Telemedicine Technology

Getting an appointment with care specialists can be difficult. But telemedicine technology has stepped in to provide medical diagnosis or evaluation that can be carried out over the phone from the comfort of your home.

Your healthcare provider can easily place a voice or video call to you, engage you with some test questions, analyze symptoms of ailments, treat and manage them.

Improved technology has made Telemedicine easier, even for those who don’t consider themselves computer savvy. You can use Telemedicine through online platforms or mobile apps and request a virtual visit with doctors, practitioners, and therapists.

Primary provider and patient communication are provided by most commonplace technology today, like mobile devices and PCs. These devices allow secure real-time audiovisual communication wherever there is a stable internet connection (through LTE, 4G, WiFi, etc.).

Mobile video carts are an emerging telemedicine technology that facilitates similar communication through WiFi or ethernet connection. The video quality from these carts is much better than with mobile devices since they function only over stable internet connections and have mounted cameras that ensure the video feed is steady.

Advanced remote monitoring systems are another example of the technology used in telemedicine and currently being implemented. These include Bluetooth-enabled devices like pulse oximeters, glucometers, blood pressure monitors, scales, etc.

These allow healthcare providers to constantly collect and send real-time data feeds, such as lab tests, vital signs, CT scans, X-rays, and more to other healthcare agencies for interpretation. Your doctor can get in touch virtually while homebound, give you the latest information without delay, and continue to monitor you proactively.

Technology Used in Telemedicine

Mobile Apps

Telephone

Also, more than one medical personnel can attend to you via the phone at the same time. Some health services you can access via a phone call from your doctor are radiologic images, laboratory results, and prescriptions.

Internet

However, when using the internet, it’s recommended that you source information from your healthcare service provider’s website. This will help you filter valid information from false ones.

Online Video Conferencing and Webcams

During the live video chat, your doctor can evaluate how fast or slow you’re recuperating. Depending on their findings, they can decide to prescribe new medications or reschedule you for an in-person medical appointment.

Secure Email (Store-and-forward)

No one has access to them but you. Hence, emails are the best for such purposes if you desire privacy and would like to keep your health conditions away from others.

Advantages of Telemedicine Technology

Telemedicine technology comes with a variety of benefits, and some of these are outlined below:

It’s convenient

It’s cost-effective

Access to a Pool of Specialists

Increased Security and Privacy

Conclusion

National Coronavirus Hotline offers video visits with licensed doctors and medical professionals. You can speak with a physician from the comfort and safety of your own home. With NCH’s telehealth services, you can talk with a doctor one-on-one, access your symptoms, get advice, order lab tests, have a physician send prescriptions to your local pharmacy, and obtain referrals to local doctors if you need to be seen in person

Originally published at https://blog.nationalcoronavirushotline.com on June 10, 2021.

NCH is your information resource and treatment center for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

NCH is your information resource and treatment center for the COVID-19 coronavirus.