Types of Telemedicine ? telemedicine is the delivery of clinical services at a distance. The practice can be broken down into three types of solutions namely:
Store-and-forward telemedicine ? this type of telemedicine is also called ?asynchronous telemedicine.? Basically it is a practice where healthcare providers share medical information of a patient including: lab reports, videos, imaging studies among other records with a specialist or physician located in another location. This arrangement isn?t like email, but the solution used here has an in-built and sophisticated security features that makes sure of the patient?s confidence. Store-and-forward telemedicine allows for efficient collaboration between patients, specialists and healthcare providers as they can all review information at their own convenience. Store-and-forward telemedicine approach allows patients have access to a healthcare team made up of providers found in different locations regardless of time zones and distances. Store-and-forward telemedicine is a popular solution for diagnoses and treatment with certain specialties such as radiology, ophthalmology and dermatology.
Remote Patient monitoring ? also known as ?telemonitoring?, this is a method that allows the tracking of a patients vital signs and activities by healthcare professionals from a different location Remote Patient monitoring is mostly used for high-risk patient management such as those people who have been recently discharged from hospital and patients with heart conditions. Remote Patient monitoring is very vital in the treatment of various chronic conditions. Diabetics can use this mode of treatment to for instance track their glucose levels and then send the results to their doctor. Remote Patient monitoring can conveniently be used to monitor elderly patients at home or those living in assisted facilities.
Real-time telemedicine – the term real-time video visits is one thing that is likely to hit your mind whenever you think of Stat Health telemedicine. Real-time telemedicine encounter allows healthcare providers and patients to hear and see each other using video conferencing software. While traditional in-person visits are enhanced by the other types of telemedicine, real-time telemedicine is often used in lieu in certain situations when visiting the doctor?s office. It works best for primary care, follow up visits, urgent care and medications and chronic illness management.
It is however important to have in mind those consumer video applications such as Facetime and Skype that are popular applications to connect with friends and workers are not suitable for telemedicine. Telehealth solutions should be done by using technology that has a proven design able to protect the privacy of the patient and also be able to abide by the strict patient protections as stipulated by the Health Insurance Probability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Providers are able to deliver an efficient and effective healthcare to patients by using each type of telemedicine. Patients have therefore an expanded and a more convenient option to healthcare access.