What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine (sometimes referred to as "telehealth" or "telecare") brings health care access to rural locations by enabling practitioners to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients remotely using the latest telecommunications technology. Telemedicine allows patients to receive expert medical care without having to travel. Rural health care practitioners can use telemedicine products to capture and transmit medical data and images to peers and specialists whenever necessary, allowing for cost-efficient expert consultations and improved patient care.
How does this Transform Healthcare Delivery?
Instead of traveling many miles to a larger, metropolitan hospital, patients can receive consultations at their local, community hospital using telemedicine technology. This not only saves patients time, but by keeping patients in rural hospitals and continuing to serve them in rural clinics, telemedicine can provide rural healthcare providers with opportunities to retain or increase their revenues.
Furthermore, telemedicine can provide a means to monitor patients’ vital signs remotely, prevent unnecessary and expensive helicopter flights for patients who present with chest pains at smaller acute care, critical access hospitals. Rather than fly everyone to a larger hospital, a telemedicine consult can determine who needs a higher level of care. As an example, using one GlobalMed mobile telemedicine station for multiple specialties, the Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee, Arizona, can get a cardiology consult with a Tucson cardiologist who can determine if the patient can be treated at the Copper Queen and stay in his community.
Moreover, telemedicine capabilities are predicted to enhance inpatient hospital revenue by nearly $4.1 million due to increased retention of patients across five specialists, including general surgery, cardiology, gastroenterology, oncology and pulmonology.
At a time when doctor shortages loom ahead, healthcare costs mount, and concerns about the future of healthcare increase, telemedicine provides a definitive solution.
Who is GlobalMed?
GlobalMed offers a variety of telemedicine products, which use the latest medical technology, including cameras, peripherals, scopes, software and mobile medical carts. From diagnostic imaging devices, electronic stethoscopes and portable EKG machines to medical software to fully-equipped telemedicine carts, our mission is to create telemedicine equipment solutions that match the unique needs of each client.
The use of telemedicine devices, once a novelty, is now standard medical practice in daily use throughout the world. To learn more about the innovative telemedicine products and telehealth solutions offered by GlobalMed, contact us today.