A recent opinion article from Alice LaPlante of CenturyLink, where she speaks about the bright future of telemedicine, has recently been published on forbes.com
The article looks at the current state of telemedicine and opines on the many and wide benefits it can offer across the board, from large healthcare organisations through to small family GP practices – and most importantly, patients.
The key talking points of the article are:
- The Current State of Telemedicine
- The Benefits of Telemedicine
- What Doctors Need to Make Telemedicine Work
This is an excellent and insightful article, please read it in full here
What could be a better way of securing data rather than a heartbeat? A scientific research team from the Binghamton University believe that heart’s electrical pattern may be used as an encryption key for electronic records.
Currently the complexity and cost of present encryption tools do not allow the full implementation of such data into telemedicine field and mobile healthcare systems.
Did you know that doctors can now diagnose patients who aren’t in the same room — or even in the same city? In 2015 alone, about 20 million people received some form of remote care known as “telemedicine”.
The Miami Children’s Hospital became one of the first medical institutions in Florida to implement the full-cycle telemedicine control center. It is operated 24/7 by a team of qualified medical specialists that are able to diagnose and consult the patients on a remote basis.
The future of patients seeing the doctor is via websites or apps rather than visiting the surgery according to a news report on www.jordantimes.com
Telemedicine is on the rise, and a pioneering company from Boston called American Well have developed a service called Ask Me which enables the remote treatment of patients via video conferencing. American Well are not alone, with several companies having developed products to enable patient treatment via telemedicine.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA)?have announced plans to use telemedicine in order to provide access to best health-care specialists in remote parts of the Emirates.
The technology is called “Dubai Robo Doc” and is currently set up at Hatta Hospital, with plans for it to be rolled out to other Primary Health Centres (PHC’s) and hospitals?by the end of the November. Dubai Robo Dco will enable connections between patients and specialists doctors via telemedicine, which can help in multiples field of healthcare and medicine.
?The world is travelling faster than ever before,” comments Scott Wolf, CEO of Grace Century. “As we read in the article below, the applications are endless for the convergence of technology and information systems with regard to healthcare.”
“Even this week, the outbreak of influenza in the U.S. has doctors seeing patients over Skype, versus risking infecting more people by having them come to the office,? says Wolf, ?…it?s the modern-day house call.”
Trends such as telemedicine and mobility are quickly becoming not only accepted, but demanded by both providers and users in the healthcare sector,? says Scott Wolf, Director of Research and CEO of Grace Century.
According to Wolf and just as the article below articulates, Grace Century’s Quantum Group project has been incorporating the telemedicine capability from its inception to stay ahead of obvious wants and needs in the EMR (electronic medical record) healthcare space.