5 Things to Know about Telehealth and Temasys Solutions
Posted On July 29, 2019 by Alex Macdonald in Blog
Telehealth is the ability to access healthcare remotely, including the diagnosis and treatment of patients and the general support of the healthcare workers using electronic communication and telecommunication technology.
It has a broader definition than telemedicine in that it includes administrative uses such as teleconferencing between administrators and continuing medical education.
Telehealth is growing in impact as more doctors, patients and administrators use telehealth technologies. You can think about the following 4 things to know about telehealth while you are on hold with your doctor’s office.
1. Telehealth Has Been Around as Long as the Telephone
The first intelligible spoken words over telephone lines was “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.” by Alexander Graham Bell after he had spilled battery acid on his trousers. Though this wasn’t strictly a medical situation, the model for asking for assistance through telecommunications was established.
Other early examples of early telehealth use include sending radiology images via telephone line in the 1940’s and diagnosing ill sailors aboard ships in the 1920’s.
2. It’s Going to Save You Money
One of the things that drive the technology industry and healthcare industry is cutting costs. Getting more people to use telehealth technology will bring down costs while improving outcomes.
The primary way telehealth cuts costs is by diverting patients from going to the emergency room during doctor and patient teleconferencing. Patients can check in with their physician via teleconference and explain their symptoms. Their physician can determine whether or not they need to go to the emergency room or not. When unnecessary visits to the emergency room are avoided, patients can save between 309 USD to 1500 USD.
Transportation costs are also eliminated as patients do not have to travel to and from doctor’s offices.
3. Telehealth Will Have a Greater Impact On Rural Areas
In general, the ratio of physicians to residents is lower in rural areas than in urban areas. And in many rural areas there is true physician shortage. Telehealth technologies are ideal for use in rural areas and will have a positive impact on health outcomes for rural residents.
Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) is one of the most significant components of telehealth. RPM allows patients to collect and transfer key health metrics, such as weight, blood pressure, and heart rate to their health care professionals. Patients use a variety of devices to collect the data, such as hand phones, wireless enabled sensors, their home computers, and exercise machines.
For rural residents, RPM increases engagement and allows patients to easily monitor their health and share data with their physician.
Live video telehealth or teleconferencing also provides convenient access to health professionals where they can schedule appointments or contact specialists from anywhere they want, their home, their work, or any other location of choice.
4. Telehealth Boosts Productivity of Healthcare Professionals
Telehealth technology allows doctors to help more patients. They can slot telehealth appointments between live appointments and can use software based waiting room functionality to make seeing those patients more efficient.
Training can also be performed more efficiently using telehealth technologies. Virtual classrooms can be created easily and can accommodate many more students than a traditional classroom.
Telehealth is certainly going to disrupt the current healthcare environment but it’s important to know that it will have far reaching positive impacts, namely that it will cut costs, improve patient outcomes, and boost the productivity of healthcare professionals.
5. Temasys Can Help You Implement Telehealth Solutions
Temasys is a leading provider of real-time communication technologies and services. Our Skylink WebRTC platform makes it easy for businesses in the healthcare industry to add interactive features such as live voice and video, messaging, file transfer, and screen sharing into their applications and websites.
We’ve implemented solutions for such organizations as Big White Wall by helping their clients connect with certified therapists quickly and easily through voice and video connections.
Our Temasys Skylink SDKs are available to try out here. They have been developed so that you can be up and running quickly and easily and are truly cross-platform, with tools for the web, iOS and Android.
If you have any questions or need more information about implementing solutions for your telehealth applications, please contact us at any time.