Telemedicine services are changing the health care industry as more and more advancements with technology are progressing. Telemedicine certainly is not a new practice, and is growing in popularity. There are many benefits to take advantage of with telemedicine. The major benefits is a cost-effective, immediate, and effective way to deliver medical services. There are three primary services that are now being offered.
The first type of telemedicine is store and forward. The service gathers medical information, then sends the data to a medical doctor or specialist to be reviewed. The main advantage to this is that the patient does not have to be present for the medical examination to take place. The physical examination takes place through the assessment of medical records via audio and video technology.
The next type of service is remote monitoring. Remote monitoring is used to monitor through various medical devices. This allows the patient of chronic disease and illnesses, such as heart disease to have their conditions observed without the inconvenience of frequent trips to the doctor’s office.
The most promising type of service is interactive service. Interactive service delivers “real-time” communication with assistance of phone, internet, and satellite video technologies. The service is used to conduct medical history reviews, physical exams, with a wide variety of assessments and evaluations. Psychological evaluations can be performed with this type of service.
The future of telemedicine is very promosing. The advancement of medical technology may offer surgeries from a remote location. The advantage to this is that the doctor will not be required to be physically present. The benefit to the patient is the reduced cost of health care and duration of a hospital stay.
Telehealth services provides a cost effective and efficient to provide and deliver health care. The promises of adavancement, who knows what is possible?