Telemedicine is treating a patient without the physician meeting the patient in person, by using live images, audio, and transmitting to the patients their diagnosis as well. The implementation of telemedicine allows patients to receive medical care from a distance.
It seems obvious that the advantages greatly outweigh any negative impacts found in today’s use of telemedicine.
Combined with an ageing population and millions of newly insured Americans under the Affordable Care Act, the lack of primary care providers in rural and remote areas offers ample opportunities for telemedicine to prosper. The market for telemedicine technology is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18.4 per cent by 2020, according to a 2014 analysis.
Health professionals can optimize the benefits of telehealth by developing strategic, industry-wide best practices and regulations while maintaining the provider-patient partnership that is still the cornerstone of high-quality health care.
The Future of Telemedicine in Healthcare
Telemedicine will relieve nursing and physician shortages. It should be remembered, however, that the advantages of Telemedicine are not just on the clinical side; the patients we care about often face their own problems that can be rectified by telemedicine.
Yet these days, our patients seem to be getting less time for healthcare. No-show, when the clinical appointment does not accommodate their hectic lifestyle, is not uncommon for patients. Telemedicine helps patients, even if they can’t physically get to the doctor’s office, to interact with their healthcare professionals.
A Revolution in Healthcare is on the Horizon:-
The advantages provided by telemedicine have been feasible for years, but it is only now that they have been fully understood, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, as the need for remote healthcare has been thrust to the forefront of public policy. Americans who in recent months have saved significantly on healthcare (up to $50 per appointment, according to the American Council on Science and Health) will almost certainly opt for these programs to continue post-COVID due to virtual appointments. Then again, when it comes to a matter as delicate as our health, maybe no amount of software will ever substitute a person.
For instance, a cancer patient would often prefer a diagnosis delivered kindly by a human doctor. All and all, a revolution is on the horizon and healthcare. Via innovations such as vaccines and antibiotics, we have also seen vast changes in child mortality, life expectancy, and human growth. The motors of a happier, healthier world have been these innovations. Will telemedicine be next?
Putting Telehealth into Action:-
Hospitals and healthcare facilities need an efficient plan for engaging with their patients with a patient-centred approach to treatment. To meet more patients, rapidly triage them, and strengthen care management, they have started to utilize healthcare data networks that can enable safe and real-time virtual visits. Also, virtual visits have the ability to saving up during the pandemic to conserve precious and scarce resources.
Increasing the adoption of telehealth in a planned way will make a major contribution to coronavirus detection, testing, and treatment efforts. The digital treatment makes it possible to provide care remotely, including for patients who have medical conditions unrelated to Covid-19, without causing virus infection on either side of the equation.
Telehealth can also help to close gaps in the coverage of health care. Currently, there are not enough providers in some of the most disadvantaged populations. Using a mobile or other internet device may help solve healthcare inequalities in the US that exist because of healthcare facilities’ proximity.
Increasing Demand for Telehealth Services:-
Telehealth continues to rise in popularity both in the U.S. and abroad, primarily because more people than ever before suffer from chronic diseases. Due to one or more chronic health problems, there are currently about 40 million Americans limited in their normal activities according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Also, nearly 133 million Americans are affected by chronic illnesses, comprising more than 40 per cent of this country’s total population. This figure is expected to increase to an estimated 157 million by 2020, with 81 million under different conditions.
A very interesting thing to consider is the future of telemedicine. We now have antibiotics and robotic surgery, taking a look at them and now, less than a hundred years ago; doctors were using leeches and using amputation as a way to prevent infections from spreading. Medicine is an exciting field of research and practice, and one of the next frontiers is telemedicine.
There are still a lot of things to sort out in terms of legal, security, ethical, and other factors, but the effect and results can only be expected to be impressive as telehealth progresses. New technology is already on its way and augmented reality will incorporate developments in virtual medicine, biotechnology, and wearables into this landscape to provide additional tools for care, patient tracking, diagnosis, and treatment provision.
All of this will increase the degree of telemedicine engagement between doctors and patients that technology leverages and encourages and will involve new ways of thinking about healthcare, technology, and medicine, as well as large amounts of user-centric and human-oriented design thinking