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Remote Access to Doctors: Latest Innovations to Transform Telemedicine Landscape

September 04, 2019 | Health IT

The field of Telemedicine has currently reached at a tipping point. Rising investments in telehealth by prominent enterprises, a growing number of research and development activities, and increasing demand from the consumers are highly responsible for the immense growth of this field. The industry is slowly embracing technological advancements to provide clinicians and patients with efficient healthcare and practice medicines. The technology is also aiding the field of telemedicine to expand its impact and reach across the globe.

Apart from the technological aid as well as research and development activities, the capacity for innovation and assessment of telehealth must take account of the regulatory and legal methods dictating coverage and usage. Moreover, the business model for managing care should be connected with the technology-enabled model of care delivery. This will help in the high rate of adoption of telemedicine. In today’s technology-driven world, almost everyone owns smartphones, laptops, and Internet connections. This has boded well for telemedicine landscape since the past few decades. There are numerous advantages of telemedicine. Some of them are as follows:

  • High patient engagement: Telemedicine helps the patients in connecting with their doctors frequently. This, in turn, strengthens the doctor-patient relationship and allows patients to manage their care.

  • Advanced patient care: Telemedicine supports extensive remote monitoring.

  • Cost-effective process: According to a survey, the U.S. spends approximately $2.9 trillion every year on healthcare. But, with the adoption of telemedicine, $200 million of that cost can be saved.

  • Frequent specialist consultation: Telemedicine aids in expanding access to those medical specialists who are located in remote areas.

Overall, telemedicine is extremely useful for healthcare organizations and doctors to provide medical care, especially in rural areas. This article consists few of the latest innovations that are all set to transform the telemedicine industry in the coming years.

Mobile Apps Aid in Connecting the People with Certified Doctors and Clinicians

A trip to your nearest doctor’s chamber often turns out to be a very inconvenient experience. Firstly, you will have to take a day off from work, then travel, and then there’s that ‘trivial’ issue of finding a parking space. But what if you actually had a chance to skip it all and video chat with your doctor while you are lazing around in your balcony or munching snacks at a cafeteria? Akira can come to your rescue right away! Co-founded by Dustin Walper, Akira is a mobile application that operates on both iOS and Android devices. Walper hopes to make healthcare more accessible to the populace in Canada by making them connect with a certified doctor through video chat and text messages.

Walper also mentioned that as per a survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fund in 2010, Canada ranked the lowest in terms of the availability of same-day doctor’s appointments. People had to wait for approximately 6-7 days for an appointment. Furthermore, the same survey was conducted by taking into consideration 11 developed countries in 2014. The result said that the Canadian population aged between 55 years and more, often faced the longest waiting period for primary healthcare as well as specialized services. Because of this, Walper wanted to take the healthcare services on to the next level so that people get hassle-free access.

Doctor On Demand’s Affordable Healthcare Plan to Transform Visits to the Doctor’s Office

In April 2019, Doctor On Demand, the next-generation video telemedicine company, headquartered in San Francisco, partnered up with Humana, a health insurance company, based in the U.S. to launch the virtual primary care plan. The plan is meant to provide primary care to insurers, employers, and patients. The cost-effective healthcare plan is called On Hand and it will offer access to a doctor’s quality care without having to visit his or her office. The subscribers will get one physician, behavioral health checkup, urgent care, and preventive care. All these services will be available through video chats. Additionally, patients will be able to check their digital health records on a regular basis. At the same time, they will be given complete control over the interface.  

Usage of Artificial Intelligence Likely to Provide Impetus to Telemedicine Uptake

HealthTap, a provider of health apps, headquartered in the U.S., recently launched its latest platform called Dr. A.I., an artificial intelligence infused symptom checker that develops personalized care, namely, 24/7 access to speak with a doctor through video call, phone, or text and physician-written insights. Dr. A.I. takes into account clinical expertise of physicians and patient context. The platform communicates with the patient to get to know more about their current concerns or complaints and utilizes the patient’s health profile to provide the causes of their symptoms.

Author’s Bio:

Name: Reeti Banerjee

Reeti Banerjee is currently working as a content writer in a prominent market research firm named Fortune Business Insights. She specializes in writing articles, press releases, blogs, and news reports. She believes in maintaining simplicity throughout her content to provide the clients with a seamless reading experience.  

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