Telehealth or telemedicine means different things to different people, but in its broadest definition it is the “remote treatment or diagnosis of patients using telecommunications”. Telehealth is a blanket term that covers all medical care that is provided with the use of telecommunications technology.
A simple example is a doctor conducting a consultation with a patient via video conference, but telehealth actually goes far beyond face-to-face care and extends into remote health monitoring, web-based apps, and artificial intelligence.
Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Technologies
Consumer-Facing Digital Health Tools
Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) technologies can remind patients to weigh themselves and then automatically transmit the data to their doctors. Electronic monitoring devices collect and transfer vital data like oxygen levels, cardiac stats, respiratory rate, and blood pressure.
RPM is wearable monitoring technology like smartwatches or a 3rd party HIPAA compliant device that records and transmits health information. Remote Patient Monitoring reports, collects, transmits, and evaluates patient health data and is revolutionizing healthcare because it’s creating a platform to give providers the opportunity to manage patients care at home after discharge.
Digital Health Tools allows patients and providers to track activity and connect for evaluations during the entire process. It gives healthcare providers and hospitals an opportunity to bridge the gap in clinical programs and use popular consumer products from Apple, Fitbit, Garmin, and others. Remote Patient Monitoring provides earlier detection of complications, identifies patients who need medical attention weeks before in-person appointments.
In addition to wearable technology, digital learning programs are customized specifically for the patient’s needs. Education materials, exercises, surveys, and additional therapy can be complemented with an online program or application. A supplemental online program is just another tool in the arsenal to help patients and family members with the process of recovery.
Telehealth and Brain Injury Rehabilitation
According to NeuroPraxis CEO Christine Weaver, “When we started using the telehealth technology 5 years ago, there were challenges and resistance in embracing the technology in the healthcare industry. When it should have been viewed as a valuable addition to the current traditional approach. It improves outcomes, quality, efficiency, and transparency.” Research has found that online apps help manage chronic conditions more efficiently and result in a higher quality of over-all care, better outcomes, and reduced costs.
Almost 99% of Americans own a cell phone or other mobile device and healthcare applications allow patients to track measurements, milestones, and medication. Patients can access hundreds of health applications to help manage weight loss or quit smoking. Apps can also communicate with providers via video conference instant message.
Web-Based Programs or Apps for Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Clinicians are bridging the gaps with telehealth!
Clinicians are conquering the gaps with telehealth!
Patients who participate in telehealth are less likely to experience set backs, incur fewer urgent-care visits and reported better management of their symptoms. They also reported increased physical stamina, emotional well-being, and a high patient satisfaction.
CVS Pharmacies have been providing clinical services with a telehealth program since 2015, and according to a study, 95% of patients “were highly satisfied with the quality of care they received, the ease with which telehealth technology was integrated into the visit, and the timeliness and convenience of their care.”
Telehealth is not used instead of face-to-face therapy but to improve upon it. The internet and mobile devices are an intrinsic part of our lives and telehealth is just a natural progression of the technology.
“While other providers were catching up to meet the medical needs of their patients during the pandemic, NeuroPraxis has stream-lined telehealth and it has been part of our program for the past 5 years.” Weaver of NeuroPraxis adds. “It’s here to stay to enhance face-to-face treatment.”
Telehealth technology improves care and supports goals with video consultations, health monitoring devices, and on-demand educational apps. The bottom line is telecommunications technology helps the patient take more control over their well-being by giving them the tools to empower and manage chronic conditions by accessing information with their smartphones and tablets.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]