Remote Healthcare: The Convenient, Cost-Effective Solution of the Future

 

In the near future, healthcare delivery may be radically different than it is today. In-person doctor’s visits could become unnecessary, and patients will rely on their phones to monitor and manage health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. This will be possible through the use of connected devices that can measure vital signs, and health apps that can interface with these devices to give users real-time access to information about their health conditions and provide reminders to take medications or perform other tasks important for good health.

Telemedicine & Patient Care
Telemedicine and other advanced forms of digital healthcare are finally coming into their own. They’ve been in development for decades but only recently have these types of services become financially viable for small businesses. For example, in 2013 alone nearly 350 million patients were served by companies that provide remote healthcare services [1]. On average, telemedicine has been found to reduce costs by 21% per service while also improving convenience and satisfaction levels [2]. This is a trend that’s likely to continue as technology improves and more people adopt new technologies. In fact, one study suggests that over 90% of Americans would prefer telemedicine over face-to-face visits with a doctor [3]. This makes sense given how convenient it can be—and how much easier it can make life on both sides of the equation.

App for Hospitals
It’s not just doctors and nurses who can make use of mobile health apps—hospitals themselves can employ them to make their facilities more efficient. An app like MobileMD Connect can be used by a patient to request medical attention or administer basic tests right at their bedside.

App for Patients
While you’re waiting to see your doctor next time, check out some of these mobile apps that can provide medical care right at your fingertips. No matter where you are or what’s wrong with you, whether it’s a child who may have appendicitis or a way to tell if those mysterious leg pains are something more serious like blood clots. All you need is an Internet connection and your smartphone.

App for Physicians
There are a number of apps designed to make physicians’ lives easier. One such app is Atsioni, an electronic medical record platform that allows patients to check into clinics using their mobile phones. If you’re looking for a new job in medicine but aren’t sure where to start, look for opportunities with companies that are adopting innovative healthcare practices and implementing new technology. An online search can help you discover what types of companies might be interested in your skillset.
As technology becomes more advanced, it will become increasingly important for doctors to use their time wisely. When they have time on their hands, they may turn to some quick fixes like caffeine or prescription drugs—but these options are only going to exacerbate health problems later on down the road.

What Else is in Store?
Remote healthcare and telemedicine is a growing industry that has really come into its own in recent years. More doctors are sending their patients home with health devices to monitor chronic conditions and newborns are being monitored by remote sensors during pregnancy. This is all possible because of technology, but what does it mean for remote healthcare’s future? There are already startups working on virtual emergency rooms, one day we may be able to use our smartphones as diagnostic tools.