A tool that makes healthcare more accessible, cost-effective, and that increases patient engagement – is telemedicine.
Physicians and patients can share information in real time from one computer screen to another. And they can even see and capture readings from medical devices at a faraway location. Using telemedicine software, patients can see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment without having to wait for an appointment. Patients can consult a physician at the comfort of their home.
What is Telemedicine Healthcare?
Telemedicine is simply defined as, “the remote delivery of healthcare services“.
There are 3 common types of telemedicine, which include but not limited to:
- Interactive Medicine – which allows patients and physicians to communicate in real-time while maintaining HIPAA compliance
- Store and Forward – which permits providers to share patient information with a practitioner in another location.
- Remote Patient Monitoring – which allows remote caregivers to monitor patients that reside at home by using mobile medical devices to collect data (e.g. blood sugar or blood pressure).
How Telemedicine Benefits Patients?
Because of telemedicine, patients who previously had limited access to health care services can now see a physician without leaving their home. Seniors who would prefer to age in place can now do so with the use of medical streaming devices. The spread of disease is reduced as individuals with contagious diseases don’t have to expose it to others in crowded waiting rooms.
Telemedicine also benefits patients in the following ways:
- Transportation: Patients can avoid spending gas money or wasting time in traffic with video consultations.
- No missing work: Today, individuals can schedule a consultation during a work break or even after work hours.
- Childcare/Eldercare Challenges: Those who struggle to find care options can use telemedicine solutions.
What are the types of telemedicine services?
Today, there are three different types of telemedicine used and it includes the following:
- Interactive Medicine
Interactive medicine, also known as “live telemedicine”, allows patients and physicians to communicate in real-time while also maintaining HIPAA compliance. Communication methods include both phone consultations and video conferences. Physicians can assess a patient’s medical history, perform psychiatric evaluations, and more using interactive medicine.
Telemedicine solutions provided by VSee ensures that interactive medicine is HIPAA compliant in two ways:
- Audio/video communication is encrypted and transferred from point-to-point. Identifiable health information is only shared on a need to know basis.
- VSee offers a HIPAA-required business agreement, which states that they are responsible for keeping all patient information secure. VSee must immediately report any breach of contract.
- Store and Forward
This type of telemedicine allows providers to share patient information with a practitioner in another location. For example, a primary care physician can now share patient records and medical data with a specialist without being in the same room. Systems can transmit information across vast distances and different systems (sometimes) so one physician can know what another has already done. This leads to less duplicate testing and fewer instances of poor medication management.
- Remote Patient Monitoring
Likely a favorite among patients aging in place, telemedicine permits providers to monitor their patients in their own homes. Using patient portals, a physician can gather and share information with their patient. In addition, medical devices can send vital signs and more to providers so they can make adjustments to care as needed. VSee offers their clients the following telemedicine solutions:
- Pulse oximeter and more!
These medical devices also allow physicians to travel to rural and developing countries to provide necessary patient care.