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Several studies in recent years have indicated that the use of telecommunication technologies in the delivery of health care will rise dramatically as new technology is improved and its utilization perfected. Patients seeking healthcare through the use of fixed and mobile digital devices will reach 7 million by the year 2018. This predicted high demand for mHealth has existing providers scrambling to design an effective, high quality delivery model that meets the requirements of increasingly savvy consumers/patients. The projected increase in users of telemedicine services is also attracting a new wave of investor-supported entrepreneurs, eager to embark into the practice of virtual medical care. These new technologies make it possible for healthcare providers to monitor, measure, and interface with patients remotely while making it easier for patients to manage their own healthcare.
As healthcare companies and providers seek to implement telehealth solutions, it requires certain critical, essential elements necessary to the successful engagement of a connected-care-telemedicine practice:
Devices – The popularity and utilization of personal computing came about only after the deliberate evolution of devices that were simple and easy to use by inexperienced consumers. A telemedicine practice must use remote presence devices that are easy to use for the patient and promote a high level of confidence in the exchange of information with their physician.
Platform – Utilizing a platform that integrates telemedicine connections into a secure electronic medical record system will be essential to insuring quality and continuity of care. A software platform should be easily accessed by users and consistent with familiar digital formats and functions, but include cutting edge security measures in order to ensure the highest level of patient confidentiality.
Expert Practitioners – Telemedicine is not a new or different type of healthcare, but a different method of delivering the same quality of healthcare. The physicians and care-givers must be equally skilled and proficient, not just in medicine, but also in technology.
Process Improvement – A successful telemedicine practice must establish key performance indicators that can be monitored and measured. As the system is monitored and measured, telemedicine providers are able to make continual improvements to ensure the highest level of care.
The growth of telemedicine has become one of the most disruptive events in the delivery of healthcare in more than a century. Applying the technology to a well-established and confident system of care will come with certain challenges in its implementation. The impact will be derived, not by the technology or its devices, but rather from the healthcare professionals who incorporate these essential elements.
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