Years of big promises, and now telemedicine is finally living up to its potential.
Telemedicine has the aim to upend our way to delivery health care. Faster internet connections, widespread smartphones and changing insurance standards are the fundamental ways to make telemedicine efficient.
Thanks to this innovative method, doctors are going to link up with patients by phone, email and webcam. They will be also able to consult with each other electronically and perhaps take second decisions in case of heart attacks and strokes. Patients, meanwhile, are using new devices to relay their blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs to their doctors so they can manage chronic conditions at home.
Telemedicine also can provide better care in places where medical expertise is hard to come by.
It has also been told that, Doctors Without Borders, up to 10 times a day, relays questions about tough cases from its physicians in Niger, South Sudan and elsewhere to its network of 280 experts around the world, and back again via the internet.
There is a new Virtual Care Center located in the woods outside St. Louis, also called a “hospital without beds“, where many doctors and nurses work around the clock to provide remote support for intensive-care units, emergency rooms and other programs in 38 smaller hospitals from North Carolina to Oklahoma. Many of them don’t have a physician on-site 24/7.
Vinaya Sermadevi, a critical-care specialist, says:
“It’s almost like being at the bedside—I can’t shock a patient [restart his heart with electrical paddles], but I can give an order to the nurses there.”
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