Telemedicine and the use of mobile devices and technology in the healthcare world are rapidly transforming the average hospital, giving doctors more control and information about patients, while patients themselves gain opportunities to improve their own health and avoid potential issues.
According to Med City News, American Telemedicine Association statistics have found that more than half of all hospitals in the United States are using some form of telemedicine to better diagnose and treat patients who may not be able to regularly reach a location for care. With a simple Internet or telephone connection, patients can speak directly to their doctors and even receive direct diagnoses, improving quality of care and doctors' efficiency simultaneously.
Patients are responding favorably to the technology as well, experts told the news source. Video conferencing with doctors is no longer an issue thanks to the big screens and audio functions seen in the average device today.
Specifically, doctors noted that stroke care, normally very time sensitive, is improving drastically thanks to telemedicine. Less than one-quarter of patients in America live within a half-hour of a stroke center, which can cause long-term disability or death. With just a laptop, a doctor can consult a patient who may be suffering symptoms, being able to garner potential physical and verbal problems in just a few minutes. Doctors can even access medical records while in the middle of a conversation with a patient.
Mobile tech improves functionality
Computer Weekly adds that one U.K. hospital has deployed 300 iOS devices onto its network to improve mobile care. This change has already improved efficiency in many development practices, from taking notes to making spreadsheets, and a variety of applications will soon add further functionality. Specific improvements include doctors being able to access reports or scan results without needing a PC.
Another benefit of the technology is that doctors can create shared workspaces, which will help them improve their work drastically. Many people can work together in a team to better secure the safety of a patient, for example, trading their health records during care to ensure the patient is being properly taken care of.
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