Telemedicine has succeeded immensely in the midst of COVID-19. Not only does it lower costs and increase revenue for your practice, but it also improves patient access to varying levels of care. If you’re interested in adopting telemedicine, you have several different options. According to the Center for Connected Health Policy, there are four types of telemedicine that you can integrate into your practice. I outline your choices below.
Types of Telemedicine for Your Practice
#1: Live Video
Live video is the most common kind of telemedicine. When face-to-face appointments are unavailable, it is a form of real-time communication, similar to Zoom, Facetime, or Skype. While not all conditions can be diagnosed or observed through live video, physicians can use this platform for specific purposes.
Diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses, medicine adjustment, follow-ups, patient education, and therapy can all take place through this medium. You can even schedule consults with specialists or discuss cases with other physicians without traveling, allowing you to better serve your patients.
#2: Mobile Health
Mobile health takes place on mobile devices, like smartphones, tablets, and computers. This kind of virtual healthcare usually requires your patients to download applications on their phones or other devices. These apps can send reminders for healthy behavior or collect data on patient health.
Depending on the app, patients can track their activity level, heart rate, and other factors. They can share this information with you, making follow-up appointments more focused. They can also stay in the loop and access their medical records to see the changes you’re noticing from appointment to appointment.
#3: Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote patient monitoring is a helpful tool for lowering readmission rates. Physicians use digital technology, such as sensors, to monitor a patient’s health when the patient is released.
You can keep track of their heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar, oxygen levels, and vital signs. The digital device sends this data to a monitoring center in your practice, where you and your physicians can make decisions about a patient.
For instance, some sensors for elderly patients are equipped to detect falls. The sensor then alerts family members and your medical professionals about the emergency.
Store-and-forward technology allows asynchronous communication between you and patients. The connection does not happen in real time — you instead send pre-recorded videos or other medical documents to patients and providers.
This virtual exchange works well for physicians reaching out to specialists or other medical professionals for help with diagnosis and treatment. Professionals in smaller hospitals with fewer resources can send X-rays, MRIs, or other data to major medical centers.
This type of care is also convenient for patients with busy schedules or those in remote areas; they can send pre-recorded videos whenever they are available.
Need Help Figuring Out Telemedicine?
As an experienced telehealth consultant, I can help you figure out which types of telemedicine best suit your practice. Reach out to me today and set up a meeting. I am excited to meet you and guide you on telemedicine adoption!