In a bid to accommodate the aging population and the increasingly hectic lifestyles of their patients, physicians are embracing a broad spectrum of Web-based software solutions that are bringing healthcare services into the home.
Some two-thirds of health care professionals are currently using telehealth solutions with an 87 percent satisfaction rate. Among those not currently utilizing such technology, 50 percent plan to implement it within the next year.
Patients with hypertension, diabetes, depression, coronary disease and other chronic illnesses can connect with doctors via a secure Telehealth portal from their home or office computers and ask questions, or complete quick follow-up visits online — appointments they would otherwise be less likely to keep.
Virtual visits are also ideal for the growing number of elderly patients who are too frail to travel, those in rural locations, young mothers who can’t find or afford childcare, and busy professionals who have difficulty taking time off during the work week, which is fueling demand for remote patient monitoring.
Telehealth services connected to the HealthSaaS Connected Outcomes Framework allow doctors and their patients to incorporate biometric devices and mobile applications to improve the efficacy of remote monitoring and Telehealth encounters.
Patients and caregivers can track chronic disease and other health information with connected Bluetooth and GSM glucose meters, blood pressure cuffs, WiFi scales, sleep monitoring devices, peak flow meters, pedometers and select mobile applications. HealthSaaS technology makes the information readily available to physicians caring for patients using the Telehealth services.
Physicians will be able to review biometric and mobile gathered data alongside patient history as part of each visit. Physicians can then diagnose, prescribe medications, track treatment plans and monitor outcomes.
Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) can also be integrated and combines a global network of certified on-call interpreters. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires hospitals to provide effective communication with patients who are deaf or are Limited English proficient (LEP).
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