Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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The different types of TeleHealth

The use of TeleHealth is on the rise. You know it and you must have also read numerous blogs and articles which write of how TeleHealth's usage has been a gift for doctors and patients alike during the Covid pandemic.

In this post, we show the distinction between the several types of telehealth as is being practiced today. 

eVisit - An online patient assessment to inform or establish the diagnosis. This is typically algorithm-driven

Video Visit - A live, interactive consult between a patient and provider

Teleconsult - A live video–enabled consult between a primary care provider and a nurse or home care specialist assisting in rendering a diagnosis and/or care 

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) - The use of devices to collect and transmit patient data to a provider, or a diagnostic testing facility for monitoring and interpretation the patient

Store and forward The transmission of diagnostic images, vital signs, and/or video clips along with patient data for review by a provider for diagnosis and care. 

Mobile health (mHealth) - The use of mobile phones and other devices to obtain health information, access a provider and digital health portals and conduct video visits

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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Predicting how TeleHealth will impact Healthcare in the future

Decentralize the healthcare system

Healthcare professionals tend to migrate from large hospital complexes, often ending up opening smaller community-based practices. This trend is particularly significant in massive hospitals that tend to offer their more specialized services in their centralized locations.

We can expect that the younger healthcare professionals will benefit from the flexibility TeleHealth offers, and push for the decentralization of services. They might open the doors of their own TeleHealth practices or influence their employers – massive hospitals – to invest in such facilities. This will, in turn, give rise to a decentralized healthcare system with TeleHealth as it base.

Smaller practices will be partnered up with TeleHealth giants

As business costs will rise and regulations will become stricter, small practices struggle to stay afloat, even today.
In the future, a majority of them will turn to TeleHealth firms to help them improve their revenues.
Such partnerships will enable such providers to offer specialized services using the advanced infrastructure and software of their partners.

Increase advanced Technology applications for healthcare 

Since an increasing number of patients are now using mobile applications in their regular life, in the future, we’re going to see TeleHealth turn to be used on mobile phones, integrate with Mobile apps,  both on the provider as well as the patient side.
Healthcare providers are going to invest in innovative mobile applications that will streamline communication between patients and caregivers, allow remote monitoring, manage medication reminders, and offer patients information.  
Apps will also gather key patient information to enable personalized services and display it on comprehensive healthcare dashboards.

Increase in investment in cybersecurity

Since TeleHealth relies on digital technologies, cybersecurity is a key issue in its future development.
The healthcare industry has experienced cyber-attacks before, and as TeleHealth becomes more popular, data protection is going to become a top priority for healthcare providers.
We’re likely to see significant changes in how the TeleHealth sector protects confidential information, which will be an improvement in how E-Health companies have been doing so for the past decade.
There will be investments in developing cybersecurity tools to prevent database breaches and other forms of hacking. Tools are going to rely on artificial intelligence algorithms able to pick up any suspicious activity in real-time.  Such tools will enable system administrators not only to react to incidents but proactively prevent them.

The increasing popularity of out-of-the-box health software

In the past, hospitals have had a predilection to using proprietary software to offer their services to patients. This seems to be soon changing with the increased use of TeleHealth. A lot of this is to do with the democratization offered by TeleHealth.
Out-of-the-box solutions prove to be much more affordable than the costs of creating, implementing and maintaining proprietary systems. 

Want to know how TeleHealth can help your practice improve staff efficiencies? Contact TrueTeleHealth 

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