Telemedicine, a phenomenon that has transformed healthcare since its inception in the late 1950s, is a tool that makes healthcare more accessible and cost-effective. It allows physicians and patients to converse in real-time through computer screens. It allows patients to seek consultation from the comfort of their homes. It also allows physicians to see and capture medical readings from a faraway location.
In simple terms, telemedicine is the remote delivery of healthcare services. There are three main types of telemedicine: Interactive Medicine (allows patients and physicians to communicate in real-time), Store and Forward (allows providers to transfer patient information to another physician in another location), and Remote Patient Monitoring (allows physicians to collect data of their patients by using remote medical devices).
The technologies used in telemedicine like AI diagnosis, electronic medical records, and medical streaming devices help healthcare providers in diagnosis and treatment. They can monitor the patients’ condition and response to treatment in real-time and modify the treatment-plans accordingly. Telemedicine lifts the limitations on access to healthcare for patients.
This technology is fairly new and faces many challenges such as the unclear policies that dictate telemedicine, difficulties for physicians to adapt to the new technology, and the expense of technology. However, it is a gamechanger for the healthcare industry and will revolutionize the current approach to medical consultation.