Telemedicine has been around for a few years now, while mHealth is a relatively new medium being used by healthcare industry. They have been revolutionizing the entire industry and bringing the idea of healthcare lot closer to reality in the entire APAC region.
What is telemedicine and mHealth?
Telemedicine refers to the delivery of medical services with the use of technology by healthcare professionals and caregivers to patients. It is highly beneficial to those living in remote areas and do not have latest or required healthcare facilities close to them. Telemedicine includes various methods of communication like live video chats, informational prerecorded videos, texts and images, and long distance phone calls, among others.
mHealth is a form of telemedicine that uses mobile phones and other mobile devices, mobile and data networks and smartphone technology to deliver healthcare. It uses mobile technology to provide and use healthcare services in remote locations that do not have adequate and specialized healthcare facilities.
How does telemedicine and mHealth save time and lives?
Although not a new technology, telemedicine and mHealth are only now gaining credibility among both patients and healthcare professionals in the APAC region. The mindset is slowly, but surely changing in favor of telemedicine.
Some of the medical processes that can be now carried out via telemedicine include:
Initial diagnosis and checkup
Recommendation of tests and procedures
Disbursement of specialized informational content
Regular follow-ups, clarifications and counseling
Tracking of medical data for individual patients in remote locations
Telemedicine and mHealth have helped patients by:
Making specialized healthcare easily accessible
Reduced or negligible costs of traveling and personal consultations
Offering better access to medical experts and specialists from all over the world
Using simple everyday devices like mobile phones and computers to track patient’s health and record their medical data
Telemedicine and mHealth have helped healthcare professionals by:
Helping them reach out to more patients in less time
Cutting down on time taken to administer a checkup, diagnose a problems and provide treatment solutions
Tracking health and recovery of patients in faraway and remote locations without having to personally visit or have someone visit the patient every now and then
Creating newer ways for giving expert and in-depth information to patients about disorders, risks, health and hygiene at any time
By faster delivery of healthcare services and bringing them to the patients’ doorsteps, these new technologies have helped improve the reach and accessibility of basic as well as specialized medical treatments.
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