The potential of Telemedicine in the healthcare sector

CIO Review Europe | Sunday, February 21, 2021

Telemedicine holds a great potential as the access to basic care in many developing countries is still a primary issue

FREMONT, CA: Decades ago, creating a portable device resembling a video game that had the potential to detect heart rate, ameliorate pain and monitor blood pressure would have been impossible, but now things have changed. In recent times, health is considered to be in the palm of the hands as transfer of medical images over smartphones such as Scans and X-rays are indeed now a reality. Telemedicine and e-health are also a part of many digital health services that the sector provides. However, telemedicine can actually be dated back to the early half of the twentieth century during its earliest recorded occurrence when an ECG was communicated over telephone lines. When physical distance was a critical issue during the early pandemic era, telemedicine played an important role in the delivery of the necessary healthcare.

In developing countries, Telemedicine holds a great potential as the access to basic care especially in these countries are a primary concern. Furthermore, even in treatments of any disorder that does not necessitate laboratory investigation or physical examination, it plays a vital role. With the utilization of the most comprehensive telemedicine application, health coverage can be expanded to the people in remote places where quality treatment is otherwise unreachable. Even though online consultations do not make up for in-person consultations, they still assist to overcome the practical problems such as long queues or travel to visit a healthcare professional.

Latest telemedicine applications help to save time, travel expenses and make it easier to access practitioners for the common man. Also, in the case of healthcare providers, there will be less number of missed appointments and cancellations, so they can remotely monitor patients improving follow-up and health results. Before individuals would consult a doctor only when something went wrong or get a yearly physical checkup, but in today’s digital era, patients are now emphasizing over preventive care and they are expecting more to learn more about their health than ever before.  Additionally, various wearable gadgets, sensors, and measuring devices that help to monitor heart rate, blood glucose levels, and blood pressure are now in demand to remotely monitor patients with chronic illnesses such as Diabetes, Hypertension and Asthma.

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