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4 Ways Telemedicine Is Making Healthcare More Efficient

on September 08, 2014

Telemedicine is one of the most important recent developments in the field of healthcare that is changing the way doctors and their staff members can take care of patients. Telemedicine is making the work of healthcare professionals much more efficient in a few critical ways.

Telemedicine is one of the most important recent developments in the field of healthcare that is changing the way doctors and their staff members can take care of patients. Telemedicine is making the work of healthcare professionals much more efficient in a few critical ways.

1. Improving Diagnosis Accuracy

Thanks to telemedicine, more doctors are able to examine patients to get critical information about their condition and determine what exact kind of medical issues they are facing. Doctors across the state or country can treat patients through telemedicine, which is especially great for people who have rare diseases that not many doctors have expertise in treating. A specialist can sometimes make a diagnosis that a regular physician is unfamiliar with. Telemedicine also makes it easier for patients who want to get a second opinion to get more information about the kinds of ailments they could potentially be facing.

2. Making Collaboration Easier

Doctors and medical professionals that are far apart from each other can sometimes struggle to work together to diagnose and treat a patient. With telemedicine, these health care professionals can come together to work on the same patient and discuss what they are seeing in real time, as opposed to trying to talk about X-rays or test results after the fact. Advanced collaboration tools allow for the sharing of files and multiple kinds of communication in real-time, which means doctors can work together more effectively than ever before thanks to telemedicine.

3. Making Large-Scale Healthcare More Efficient

When it comes to facilities or healthcare teams that have to provide healthcare services to a large number of people, telemedicine can do wonders. Consider the example of the Rochester City School District. Beginning with the 2010 school year, students in this district were able to connect to doctors at the offices of school nurses so that they could get seen when they had health issues. Doctors used electronic medical tools to examine students and diagnose their problems from a distance, avoiding the time that would have been required for students to travel to a doctor’s office for a traditional appointment.

4. Improving Rural Access To Healthcare

One of the biggest challenges solved by telemedicine is access to healthcare for patients in rural areas. Before telemedicine, people who lived in rural areas, but had medical conditions that required specialized treatment, would have had to travel a long distance to get treatment. Telemedicine solves this problem thanks to video communications and remote treatment. As a result, many healthcare networks are investing substantial amounts of money in virtual treatment programs and facilities designed for telemedicine that can expand their patient-base. The Mercy Health clinic based in Springfield, Missouri, for example, invested over half a billion dollars into technology used for virtual patient care.

As time goes on and telemedicine gets more sophisticated, both patients and healthcare providers stand to gain tremendous benefit from this technology. Telemedicine is allowing patients to get better treatment in more places than ever before so that they can live a better quality of life.