Telemedicine is the delivery of health care through the use of health information technologies (HIT or Health IT). In fact, telemedicine is dependent on health IT applications, such as electronic health records, administrative billing applications and store and forward image transfer software. Health IT involves the design, development, implementation and maintenance of an array of information systems used in the healthcare industry. Advancements in health IT systems help to lower medical costs, improve efficiency and provide better patient care and service. There are a wide variety of HIT applications in the health care industry, including:
The central component of Health IT is the electronic health record (EHR) where patient data are stored. The government’s push for interoperability will ultimately require the patient’s protected health information (PHI) to be shared when appropriate with any facility to streamline patient care. Today’s proven telemedicine technologies already allow practitioners around the world to securely communicate with each other and to review pertinent medical images for patient care.
GlobalMed’s light, browser-based platform, eNcounter, can work with any EHR to make patient images and data available within Health IT systems. Our video exam cameras, digital stethoscopes, otoscopes, 12-lead ECG/EKG, ultrasound probes in our mobile telemedicine stations provide a remote practitioner with the evidence needed to make decisions on patient care. And eNcounter automatically saves the PHI to the patient’s medical record for review and continuity of care.