With advancing technology, medical issues are also advancing which demand services of a physician and medical staff beyond traditional means. Many rare disorders, complications and emergency case studies could be read about today. Unfortunately most of the times, the individual cannot be helped anymore. It is basically because such situations demand for expert knowledge and good timing of the treatment that’s not available in all areas of the world. Sometimes even basic medical examinations, diagnosis, consultation and treatments aren’t available to those in remote locations. Sometimes, the valuable time a patient has is eaten up by technical difficulties of traditional telehealth way of clinical cameras, phone and internet connections.
A New Paradigm
The expertise is scarce. The requirement is manageable but scattered. Telehealth solutions up to now have covered activities ranging from over-the-phone emotional pet support consultations and advice to supervising a surgery performed by a robotic arm. But there have the technical difficulties and the shortcomings of the technology used. Can a specialist a thousand miles away assess a stroke? Can the telecons be used for patient records? Can a bed-ridden patient be saved from the stress of moving to an acute-care facility for a test? Instead of bringing the physician to the individual or the individual to the facility, can the problem or procedure only be taken to the specialist?
The clear answer is surprisingly yes. For once there’s a simpler way out. When you present mobility to tasks or problems, they can be easily taken care of. On the planet of medicine, this implies a benefit from technology. The unit that replaces the individual camera in mobile collaboration enables extreme clarity of visual details, freezing and capturing of frames, a wireless easy-to-handle machine with a two-way telestration, recording and annotation ability. The two-way is possible because of the expert application on the consulting end of the communication.
Other than to be able to consult across remote locations saving the doctors and medical staff a lengthy trip for an individual patient and exorbitant expenses for the individual, the unit may be used for realtime guiding of nursing staff to treat patients who cannot be moved, that are in prison or other institutions. Even where regular internet isn’t available, people in need could be helped using satellite communication affordably. Procedures such as for instance biopsies and surgeries could be monitored by experienced doctors and pathologists using mobile video conferencing. Good voice quality, ability to incorporate another guest to the session, recording the session for future reference and for patient records, and conducting a differential diagnosis become possible. Medical communities too can collaborate by using this to add to their collective knowledge base and awareness.
The ongoing future of telehealth solutions looks optimistic which certainly changes everything for good.