With the advent of new technologies, both professionals, college students and teenagers have begun utilizing smartphones, laptops and tablets on a daily basis. Social media has played a strong role in connecting people across the world, as has Skype, a video messaging service.
The healthcare sector has also been affected by the development of new technologies, as electronic health records (EHRs), e-prescribing systems and health information exchanges (HIEs) have all changed the way medical data is shared. Healthcare IT consulting services have skyrocketed in recent years due to the institution of meaningful use regulations. Patients, on the other hand, have undertaken mobile health options, as they can now download health-related apps on their smartphones or tablets.
MedScape Today reported that telehealth services are also making a dent in the medical sphere. The article outlined the benefits doctors are seeing with video patient visits.
First, patients who reside in rural or outlying regions and have difficulty traveling to a doctor's office are able to receive adequate treatment and advice through these telemedicine services. This can save both the patient and doctor time that would have been wasted on travel or waiting for a patient to arrive.
One tip for those thinking about instituting telemedicine is centered around meeting the patients first before installing video messaging technology.
"A lot of it is postoperative visits. I've already established the patient contact," Dr. Kevin Hopkins, a craniofacial plastic surgeon at Driscoll Children's Craniofacial and Cleft Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, told the news source.
Doctors who need help with installing new technologies such as video messaging or EHR software should reach out to a healthcare consulting company offering healthcare IT consulting services.