Most of us have encountered frustrating delays in getting a doctor’s appointment when we need itthe most. With telemedicine, we finally have a way to overcome this challenge. It allows us to connect with a medical practitioner virtually: anytime and from anywhere, thereby reducing the dependency on in-person appointments. From video consultations to electronic prescriptions, telemedicine is disrupting the way healthcare will be delivered in the years ahead.
How is Telemedicine changing the healthcare landscape?
Here are some scenarios that are made possible by Telemedicine.
- Virtual clinical trials
Finding participants in the early stages of a clinical trial has always been a bone of contention among pharma companies. Telemedicine is already ushering in more virtual clinical trials that allow participants to stay in their homes most of the time while wearing remote monitoring devices. These devices can help you easily spot deviations from patients’ baseline readings.
- Healthcare for prison inmates
Telemedicine is expected to bring a substantial change in the life of inmates, especially as they don’t get access to specialists.
- More development of pediatric Telehealth platforms
The early results of an ongoing study assessing telemedicine for high-risk pediatric patients show that telemedicine is turning out to be a time saver that reduces in-person visits. And some health facilities are getting on board with telemedicine for kids. For example, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Teledoc, a telemedicine company, recently made a deal to create a pediatric-specific platform.
- Parity in telemedicine
In the US alone, more than 32 states have passed internal laws to allow for better parity in Telemedicine. Upon actualization, these laws would allow physicians to be reimbursed by private payers for telemedicine visits at a rate similar to in-person visits.
- “Hospital at home”
A model in which patients who meet the criteria for hospitalization but are otherwise stable are treated at home for diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia and heart failure. This will prove to be a game changer and when used appropriately, is not only more cost-effective than hospitalization but results in a shorter treatment duration and lower rates of delirium.
Telemedicine adoption is increasing rapidly by facilitating access to health care from anywhere at any time, providing on-demand disease management enabling home-healthcare monitoring. Although the future is bright, more research is needed to determine optimal ways to integrate telemedicine — especially remote monitoring — into routine clinical care. For more information on IoT in Healthcare visit the website.
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