What Is Telemedicine? HD-Video Conferencing

Telemedicine; HD Video Conferencing
Telemedicine; HD Video Conferencing
This is a guest post written by: Arron Brown, exclusively for Talkfree7 VOIP Blog, he works on behalf of a company called Lifesize as an editor/writer, Lifesize specialise in HD video conferencing equipment and have recently joined up with Logitech,

Arron Brown has been writing articles relating to the advantages of video conferencing and telepresence, and how they can affect productivity between B2B communications,

Telemedicine in HD (High Definition) Face-to-Face Video Conferencing:

Telemedicine is the capability of interactive healthcare by utilising up to date technology and telecommunications. In essence, Telemedicine allows patients to call their doctors live over video for instant care or grab video/still images. Patient data is stored and transmitted to physicians for diagnosis with treatment at a later time. Whether you live in the centre of New York or deep in the jungles of the Amazon, telemedicine is a priceless tool in providing healthcare today.

Today the majority of people are concerned about the cost of medicine. You can’t pick up a newspaper without reading about it. Large corporations have already figured out that video conferencing can significantly reduce their travel budget, while at the same time have no impact on their business by not travelling. Hospitals, doctors, and rural health clinics in particular are all beginning to take advantage of this technology. Not only does it provide a service at significant cost savings, but it can save lives with the long distance consults performed and completed by telemedicine.

You are sick and just got back from the doctor in your little town out in the middle of nowhere. She said you needed to see a specialist that is over 500 miles away. The cost is prohibitive but advances in technology will help you get there without breaking the bank. Video conferencing is a now available to everyone who owns a PC and has connection to the World Wide Web. Telemedicine allows you to visit your doctor without leaving your home. He can examine you, see you, all by using a standard webcam attached your PC. Imagine just turning on your PC and being able to utilise a video conferencing service to connect to your specialist. Not only have you saved money, but you have saved a vast amount of potential time from travelling.

Some hospitals have recognized the cost savings of video conferencing. They use this technology to consult with other doctors, hospitals or even teaching facilities. People regularly require emergency rooms day and night. Many patients often become frustrated at the speed of doctor/nurse care, with the use of telemedicine the nurse/doctor could readily examine the CAT scan and report this back to ER. This department provides the correct medical treatment which can in turn save lives.

Telemedicine can be used when in cooperation when health providers are not accessible or need to be available at the same time. The attending physician can dictate the patient's history, and send pictures, video, and radiology images, etc to the consulting specialist for diagnosis and consultation. At the Specialist convenience, she can follow up with his/her diagnosis and treatment plan. On many occasions the Specialist will want to talk to the attending Doctor and patient. Using video conferencing, this can take place saving both the doctors and the patient time and money.

Video conferencing is a powerful tool to use in providing healthcare. The advantages of using telemedicine to communicate and provide treatment over long distance save time, and money, this can in turn save lives by increasing the quality of healthcare. Even in large cities, telemedicine is practical as well. Even off-site radiology centres’ can offer the patient the x-rays, scans, etc and then transmit them across town to the hospital to be read by the Radiologist without having to have the Radiologist on site. It is an effective use of the doctor’s time. The expanded use of video conferencing will reduce the cost of healthcare in the long run ...


1 comment:

Tele said...

Telemedicine and telehealth could revolutionise the medical profession and the giving of health care and could prove to be a great leveller in terms of bringing equality to (technological) societies with greater access to medical opinion - in other words - more chance to get to see a doctor.
This is so important bearing in mind growing populations and budgetry constraints on health care across the world.

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