There is variety of communication modalities available in the health care market. These modalities can be challenging and beneficial both to consumers and providers. Some of these modalities used by consumers and providers are; e-mails, a wed based forum, or electronic medical records. What I have found interesting is Telemedicine, I will explain what is telemedicine and the benefits of this type of services and how it will leave the community with confidence in the local health care.
Telemedicine is “the ability to provide interactive health care, utilizing modern technology and telecommunication.” “What is Telemedicine” (2011).This will allow patients to visit the doctors through live video for immediate care or by still images that can be sent to their doctor. Information will be sent this way for a quick diagnosis or for a follow-up after treatment.
There are some benefits of Telemedicine; one is if you have to go to a specialist. A conference call can be made between the patient, doctor and the specialist. The specialist can receive your medical history and your current medical condition from both the patient and the doctor. This can also have a better outcome for the doctor and the patient by doing this way. Telemedicine can build the confidence of the local community with their local health care, and it can also save time and money in traveling to the office.
In order for a hospital, doctors’ offices, and clinics to provide a quality of health care to their local community through telemedicine. There are telemedicine services to educate and train health care staff to achieve excellence in telemedicine and capabilities by providing a full service from beginning to completion. They will be available to guide staff through all levels of training and even after completion.
This method of communication is very different from e-mails; texting with telemedicine has site assessments through two-way communication video’s or audio equipment. It allows the doctor to view the patient without being in his/her office. It allows the doctor to reach other doctors in other hospitals or clinics, and specialist with the patient for a assessment. Transferring data from one site by using cameras or devices which records image that can be via telecommunication to another site for a consultation. The term for this is “Store and Forward”. (What is telemedicine, 2011)?
It has been considered that the possibilities of using telemedicine as an aid in home nursing. There has been various studies for different kinds of technology, to help chronically ill patients that can provide a cheaper or a higher quality of home visits. The studies found out that is wasn’t the patients satisfaction, but it was the cost effectiveness. Home telenursing is still in some research stages, under one organization called “Kaiser Permanente.” (Wootton, 2011, para7). Kaiser Permanente found that many of the problems were practical in implementing telemedicine in the homes of patients. In nursing homes it will reduce cost, because of the expense of the equipment which can be spread across many patients, staff that can be trained to operate the system for a better telecommunication. For this reason Kaiser Permanente found it would be easier to implement telemedicine would more likely to work in a local community nursing home than in a private home.
Recent advances in telemedicine are; electronic referrals are cheaper and more efficient ways to handle outpatients, general practitioner teleconsulting may be cheaper than traditional consulting in some circumstances, decision support over video links for nurse practioners dealing with minor injuries. These were studies that have obtained evidence of cost effectiveness by the British government. (Wootton, 2011 para3).
In conclusion, I feel the telemedicine is in our future. This advance technology will be faster, safer and cost efficient in the health care market. We will see this type of communication everywhere and communities will be confident with their local hospital, clinic, and their primary. Telemedicine will also be more traditional in a face to face way of providing medical care. Some states that use telemedicine can be covered under Medicaid as long as they follow the guidelines that require all providers to practice within the scope of their State Practice ACT. (Wootton, 2001).