Telemedicine: Patient Care At A Distance

Would it not be convenient to just give your doctor a video call, have him look at your kid from the camera, and tell you what is wrong with him? Seems like a tall order but slowly, this fantasy is becoming a reality. Around the world, with mobility becoming the trend, calls and text messages are becoming the norm for communication. And with the latest technology downsizing, it is only a matter of time before you can bring home the CT scan machine!

Telemedicine is already on the horizon. It is the application of healthcare at a distance. Currently, the technology is being implemented on chronically ill patients. This allows continuous monitoring even at home to see how the patient is doing and what treatments need to be done by the private nurse. Cancer patients, most of all, are benefiting from this as they no longer need to make the long travel from home to hospital and wait in line for the doctor. He just has to sit back, relax, and wait for a ring from the doctor.

Telemedicine Patient Care Telemedicine is slowly being implemented in intensive care units too. Truth be told, intensive care units can get crowded. As the name suggests, multiple specialists work day and night to stabilize and help the patient be relieved of his condition. In addition, with round-the-clock monitoring, there are always times when the doctor has to be paged and he is far away. Telemedicine is solving this problem via telemetry and wireless cameras. Telemetry provides all pertinent information to the doctor or nurses from a distance and wireless cameras allow medical workers to see what is going on.

Even in the operating room, telemedicine is slowly creeping its way. With robotic surgeons and wireless connections, world-class surgeons are able to operate on patients from the other side of the world. This is especially useful for patients who do not have access to specialists who can assist on their condition. Who knows, sooner or later instead of bringing in real live doctors in war torn areas, robots instead would be brought in, assembled and connected to the doctor from a relatively safe distance.

All of this seems farfetched a decade ago but it is now being implemented into more and more hospitals. Slowly, it is becoming the gold standard for health care. It definitely improves efficiency, saves a heck of a lot of time, and most importantly, saves lives. It helps improves patient care and makes nursing jobs easier.

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