The novel Coronavirus has the world on edge. The current outbreak of infections has sparked global anxiety and concern. It’s not just a public health crisis, it’s a global event harming nearly every aspect of people’s lives. Coronavirus has already infected thousands of people worldwide but how can we hold the risk of enormous spread with the help of available technology is a challenge for every one of us. So let’s understand how Telehealth plays an important role in the on-going battle with coronavirus.
The available healthcare technology if utilized well can help to take down the deadly spreading virus. As the coronavirus demands more medical resources, now its high time for doctors to think about more effective ways to communicate with patients without calling them to already crowded clinics or hospitals.
Given the situation, adopting Telehealth as a tool to fight the coronavirus empowers the concept of social distancing. It helps to keep people away from clinics and stay at home to keep themselves safe and unexposed.
This week, officials from both the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization urged hospitals and clinics to expand their use of Telehealth services to help triage the sick and keep the worried well out of already-crowded medical facilities.
In his remarks, US President Trump said “I tell you, what they’ve done with telehealth is incredible,” he said, describing the technology as “a fairly new and incredible thing that’s happened in the not-so-distant past.” He also said his administration will waive certain federal rules to make it easier for more doctors to provide care remotely using video chats and other services.
Three major challenges during the widespread coronavirus outbreak-
- The need to triage the increasing numbers of people under investigation (PUI) seeking care in emergency rooms and clinics to get their fevers and coughs checked out.
- The need to keep coronavirus patients isolated from others, including health care workers themselves.
- The need to care for existing patients amid a crush of new patients.
So, How Telehealth expands benefits for patients as well as the doctors?
Fortunately, the clinical world already had a solution known as Telehealth. The remote monitoring service that does not require a traditional clinical setup. The emerging healthcare emergency has asked people to remain in self-quarantine and has given scope to telehealth to go mainstream. Here is how telehealth can help.
- Limiting Coronavirus Exposure: CDC and WHO advises that the best way to prevent coronavirus infection is to avoid exposure. Telehealth allows people to stay in self-quarantine and seek diagnosis through tools such as video conferencing, remote monitoring,wearable safety, tele-education, Telehealth reduces the spread of infection to others, including doctors and staff who are at grave risk because they may be exposed to higher doses of the virus in a crowded healthcare facility. Being able to connect and diagnose remotely helps to keep people free from contagious germs, and ultimately helps more patients.
- Helping providers accommodate more patients: In a widespread coronavirus outbreak, it is a serious concern for doctors and staff to accommodate patients who need to get them checked. Providers even can’t turn their back in the time of crisis that demands immediate attention.
Telehealth offers an effective solution, where doctors can conduct diagnosis on video conferencing on any available time. The diagnosis may take 10 to 15 minutes, followed by a call to prescription and follow-up for those already under their care. Tele-monitoring help doctors to accommodate more patients who are seriously looking for guidance and care.
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- Telehealth meets modern technology: Healthcare technology is always on its balance to meet modern demands. Modern telehealth service gives better protection, deliver care and accommodate more patients remotely. Telehealth solution always gets an update to incorporate interoperability features, telecommunication technology, reimbursement rates, and patient outcomes.
- Telehealth eases the burden on healthcare practice: Virus outbreak has put doctors and staff on the front line and they bear the burden of increased appointments and the risk of getting an infection. They are also one of us and need to protect themselves from the infection. Telehealth helps them perform their responsibility without any risk of getting an infection. Televisit provides them time to connect more people, and curb the risk of exposure to patients as well as healthcare providers.
No one knows when and how the health emergency will end. Every nation is doing its best to fight corona virus. But, it might get even worse then what we have seen till now. The emergency demands support and unity by staying at a distance from each other. People are requested to remain in home quarantine and not to panic because Remote monitoring and televisit undoubtedly offer convenient access to care, and guidance you need. It saves others from the exposure to infection and help reduce the spread of infection.
If you are looking for telehealth strategies to keep your clinic afloat and continue serving patient with utmost care during these crucial times, iPatientCare’s webinar on “Telehealth ‘Lifeline’ in the midst of Coronavirus Outbreak” would help you get in-depth knowledge of latest advancements in telemedicine provisions and its relevance amid health emergencies. You can also request the demo directly from here.