Consumers have become accustomed to accessing their data through the use of various digital tools. There are many healthcare innovations that are transforming the way we practice as well as how we get there. The use of mobile and tablet health apps has tripled from 13% in 2014 to 48% today.
Telehealth is at the forefront of change. As mobile devices and broadband internet becomes part of our everyday life, the telehealth network or the world of telemedicine is reaching new heights. Patients are leaning towards digitally-led services, with surveys showing up to 60% of consumers favouring clinical care at a distance.
Hotspot is one telehealth system that provides high-quality medical diagnostics to patients anywhere, anytime. The Healthspot establishes a face to face dialogue which starts the path for patients to have easy access to follow up treatment with their Doctors. This platform also includes access to an electronic health record (EHR) that can send health information to other providers and ease of electronic prescribing. The HealthSpot station is private, spacious, quiet and secure. These HealthSpot stations are found at employer sites, universities and other locations.
Another healthcare provider catering to this change in market is British based Babylon Health. Partnered with the National Health Service (NHS) and private health provider, Bupa, this spot is making waves on a global scale, it’s membership exceeding 1.4million clients across Europe, Asia and Africa. Babylon has partnered with the global brand Tencent, to produce an artificial intelligence system which enables both parties to interact directly with users, identify illnesses, deliver health assessments and triage actions where necessary. The mobile app is available to over a billion users and linked to more than 38,000 medical practices in China alone.
MedWeb now offers “the smallest mobile telemedicine kit on the market” as it states. The handheld kit includes medical devices needed to conduct patient exams, integrated with a tablet (computer). Device in the kit have the latest advances in optics, LED light sources, digital displays, wireless data transfer and high resolution imaging to interface with electronic health record (EHR) and PACS systems. The kit is also inline with MedWeb’s iOS and Android mobile applications.
Telehealth on the IPad
Video collaborations company VSee makes it easy for a patient to have a televisit with a doctor. VSee makes patient – doctor interactions simple. This is a no-install, one click video calling from the web. With one click, you get access to a doctor or it allows you to switch screens to share medical images or medical data. VSee also provides medical device integration with stethoscopes, otoscopes, ultrasounds, x-rays and surgical fluoroscopes to name a few.
Get a Second Opinion Online
Second Opinion Telemedicine Solutions, makes it even easier to get a second opinion. This is without even visiting another practitioner. The company’s software and interactive video conferencing app includes High Definition medical video scopes, where you can attach vital-sign monitors and electronic stethoscopes to the system, so remote doctors can access your information. The Health data is stored in a portal that gives healthcare providers easy and secure access to patient information.
Interactive Patient Care
Patients want time with Doctors and Nurses, however practitioners are becoming increasingly busy. Interactive Patient Care, an app by GetWellNetwork, is an innovative care delivery model based on the ideal that a patient who is more engaged is a better patient with better outcomes.
IPC provides entertaining, educational resources to the patient through an in room TV whilst in hospital. These interactive in-house health services deliver patient information and education on anything from pain management to medication teaching to the patient without the need to consult a medical practitioner who is busy.
Interactive Patient Care can also integrate with hospital’s IT systems and streamline the interactive content for each individual patient.
Robot’s helping out at your local hospital, well yes, this may be the way of the future in Telemedicine.
The ‘RP-VITA’ by InTouch Health and iRobot, is the first Food and Drug Administration – cleared telemedicine robot that combines state of the art telecommunications and AutoDrive technology. Robotic telemedicine solutions provide a new level of ease of use, time and independence that frees doctors and medical practitioners to practice solely on patient care, whilst not having to worry about the technology.
The outcomes of these advances in medical web collaborations are great for patients with providing care at a distance, increasing accessibility and eradicating potential delays with technology. This has given patients greater control, boosting consumer satisfaction and engagement. This equals a reduction in hospital readmissions. Preventable hospital readmissions continue to be a major healthcare problem which is preventable. It is an estimated 75% of all hospital readmissions that are preventable, and with the advances in medical web collaborations it is possible to decrease this number.