Telemedicine, also known as telehealth, allows people to access medical professionals through video call, phone call, or online messaging portal.
During this uncertain time, accessing medical consultation via online portals has never been more vital. As of 2019, there are 275 telehealth companies, and the number has only continued to increase due to the current Coronavirus climate. Most of these companies are privately held, but due to the increasing demand, more publicly-traded health groups are opening their own telehealth portals.
History of Telemedicine
Interestingly enough, the beginning of telemedicine dates back to the 1960s. According to researchers, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), had a growing need for remote monitoring.
It has taken around fifty years for telemedicine to overcome technological barriers as well as other politically-focused challenges. However, with the current instability of our healthcare system, an increasing need for it to be adopted has come to the forefront. President Obama proposed a plan for this in 2010 called the “‘Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan’. According to sources, “this plan call[ed] for the build-out and improvement of medical networks that facilitate remote patient monitoring, electronic health records, and other technology-based health services such as telemedicine.”
In the past decade, we have only seen more developments in telemedicine, including mobile app development and secure HIPPA compliant portals for both web and mobile apps.
Top Benefits of Telemedicine:
- No Contact
Due to the rise of infectious diseases, telemedicine and virtual hospitals have allowed patients to receive the remote care they need to recover from mild illnesses. In our current situation, there has never been a greater need for telemedicine than now.
- Growing Patient/Doctor Engagement
The stigma of not being able to talk to your doctor has gone down the drain. With telemedicine, patients can feel supported by their primary doctors and have more frequent contact with them for any important questions or concerns. More connectivity equals more trust in healthcare professionals.
The main benefit of telemedicine is that you’re saving money. Virtual hospital visits cost less, because less physical resources are being used. This is beneficial for the working class, especially adults with families, because they can solve their health concerns over the phone in the comfort of their home.
What Are Virtual Hospitals?
Virtual hospitals are an extension of telemedicine. Hospitals are in need of virtual platforms now that there is a rise in infectious diseases. In these virtual platforms, a variety of doctors and specialists would be able to monitor a patient. The biggest need for doctors right now would probably be an e-ICU. By minimizing contact, we would protect our healthcare workers and still care for intensive care patients carefully.
What does the future look like for telemedicine and virtual hospitals?
We need them now more than ever. With the Coronavirus pandemic, we need to find solutions to protect patients and healthcare professionals. At Bytecraft, we strongly believe telemedicine will be the fastest solution to our current health crisis.
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