Video Conferencing for the Healthcare Industry: What is Telemedicine?
There is no doubt today's fast developing technology has transformed the medical industry. We have seen great advancements in healthcare over the past few decades including the use of new procedures, testing, medicine, and using video conferencing to provide access to health care.
We'll examine the use of video conferencing and how the benefits of this technology are making telehealth commonplace in hospitals and for doctors around the globe, changing the way patients receive care.
What is Telemedicine?
According to the American Telemedicine Association, telemedicine and telehealth can be interchangeable and are the natural evolution of healthcare in the digital world. They also state how telehealth indisputably improves the quality, equity, and affordability of healthcare throughout the world.
Okay, but what is it? Although they can be used interchangeably, telehealth is a broader term than telemedicine.
Telemedicine is a specific kind of telehealth that involves a clinician providing some kind of medical services and can include, but is not limited to, the following applications: the use of video conferencing for patient consultations, patient portals and/or sending images for diagnosis, remote monitoring of vital signs, and nursing call centers.
Telehealth could also include continuing medical education online and consumer-focused wireless applications, such as a public health app notifying of a disease outbreak.
Benefits of Telehealth
• Brings Experts to Remote Areas
Easymeeting has seen firsthand a doctor using our video conferencing service to examine an ear canal remotely, how awesome is that!?
Medical specialists can't be in more than one place at any given time, except with healthcare video conferencing they can. They can provide their expert opinion and knowledge to patients that might not be able to afford to travel to their location or are just very far from the care they need.
Finding quality or nearby medical help in remote areas can be difficult. Using technology, such as video conferencing or online patient portals, can bring these patients more affordable and accessible healthcare.
• Saves Time and Travel Costs for Patients and Practitioners
With the use of video or sharing images online, doctor visits can be more efficient. Many times people make unnecessary trips to the doctor when a simple diagnosis could be made using healthcare video conferencing instead.
Even emailing your doctor about symptoms and scheduling a video call can reduce costs and decrease office visits.
• See More Patients in Less Time
For doctors that making house calls, they can check in with patients over video regularly to save travel time and expenses. This allows them to only travel when needed or less frequently. In addition, nurses can be with the patient and have the doctor call by video to go over any additional questions or concerns enabling the doctor to see more patients in a day.
• Allows Medical Training from Anywhere with Experts Around the World
Conducting medical training using video conferencing applications allows doctors and medical professionals to learn from experts all over the world without having to be in the same room. Imagine the expansion and sharing of knowledge it creates when you connect professionals across the globe. With video conferencing, training can be just as engaging as if everyone was in the same room and occur more frequently.
• Medical Professionals can Communicate with Colleagues Easily
Just like businesses, medical practices and hospitals can have multiple locations. Video conferencing connects colleagues across these locations without requiring travel and make scheduling much easier. For example, video conferencing can be used for board meetings; these meetings are imperative for financial planning and budgeting of hospitals and medical centers.
Using healthcare video conferencing has many benefits and can change the way that patients are treated across the world. Want to learn more about video conferencing and how it can help improve your organization? Subscribe to our blog and get your free Beginner's Guide to Video Conferencing Infographic below.
About Sara Santos
Starting in a customer support role at Easymeeting before becoming a Marketing Coordinator, Sara has seen first-hand how customers can benefit from such an awesome technology. She loves sharing her experiences from working closely with customers and building strong relationships with them over video. Sara has a passion for inbound marketing, helping others, and making people laugh. When not working on the Easymeeting blog, you can catch Sara outside hiking with her dog.