Telepharmacy also involves the use of video-conferencing for education, management and training purposes. The use of online drugstores by pharmacists has been extensively used over the years and has attracted many other healthcare professionals to use this system (Angaran, 1999). This use has improved pharmaceutical care in various hospitals and has made possible the provision of services to any patient regardless of the distance. The telephone is used as a tool for offering healthcare services to people in remote areas, having changed from its former mode of access and use as a dialing and talking instrument. It plays a key role in multimedia access and in the provision of quality health services through its use in monitoring patients, conducting therapies, and providing counseling services and healthcare authorizations.
It has helped develop the professional into a unique and distinct profession. Medical profession is significant in the society because it deals with the health issues. Therefore, information technology issues help in ensuring that patients get appropriate health care and physicians work in favorable working conditions. The improvements made to information technology issues have contributed to the betterment of the profession, over the years. Therefore, medical providers must embrace information technology and make use of future developments in healthcare profession because they play an essential role in practice.
Telemedicine, as defined by the Field (1996), is “the use of electronic information and communications technologies to provide and support health care when distant separates the participant” (Introduction and background section, para.1). The prefix, from the Greek telos, implies distance. This prefix is particularly fitting as telemedicine is often utilized to connect medically deprived, geographically isolated, or distant areas with medical centers so that less highly trained, on-site personnel can provide health services with long distance help (Zundel, 1996). Closely associated with telemedicine is the term “telehealth”, which is often used to encompass a broader definition of remote healthcare that does not always involve clinical services. Videoconferencing, transmission of still images, e-health including patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education and nursing call centers are all considered part of telemedicine and telehealth ( American Telemedicine A, 1993).
Statement of Purpose Telehealth has the potential to transform the health care industry and bring health care to underserved geographical areas and bring medical specialists to areas where providers are limited. Telehealth can reduce the need to transport patients between hospitals, nursing homes, and correctional facilities. The technology can fill the void of available providers, help manage chronic conditions, link patients to providers between visits to ensure patients receive follow up care, and monitor health conditions. This paper examines the domain of telehealth applications and their impact in these areas. The domain of telehealth includes live videoconferencing (synchronous), store-and-forward (asynchronous), remote patient monitoring (RPM), and mobile health (mHealth) applications.
Furthermore, another significant similarity between these two projects is the process. Operation Village Health is made possible by the availability of internet connection provided by a Thai telecommunication company. Local clinicians are then able to sent out patient’s clinical information via email to volunteer physicians at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the Sihanouk Hospital Centre of Hope in Phnom Penh. Cases will be reviewed and responses of consultations and recommendations are expected to be returned within 12 hours (Heinzelmann, 2005). Similarly, Project Tristan is accessible with the assistance of a satellite-internet connection.
One is what the benefit of the telemedicine. Another one is what the barriers facing the telemedicine. Because I have found some source and literature from the Internet which about the implementation of telemedicine in different part of medical treatment industry. So, I can provide a summary all the benefit and the problem for discussing. And the result could be used to improve the level of telemedicine.
Cardiac remote patient monitoring uses smart phones, and specific designed (secured) e-mails to deliver information sent from the device implanted within the patient’s heart. This allows medical staff to receive pertinent up-to date- information on the condition of the patient’s pacemaker, and heart. This can help create profound patient care, early critical heart failure, or heart defibrillation detection; while adding to medical staff’s proficiency, and cutting costly emergency room visits with prevention detection ("Remote Monitoring Technology Improves Pacemaker Performance", 2012). Airstrips one of the leading technologies in mobile monitoring, applications accelerates, and completes the clinical mobility lifecycle. Airstrips mobile technology is used to monitor and bench mark analytics through mobile patient monitoring.
In circumstance like there is a patient who is brought in unconscious or unable to speak, these cards can be used by health professionals to identify him or her to give the appropriate treatments. Now, there’s smart health cards that can improve the security and privacy of patient information which can reduce healthcare fraud. They also support new processes for portable medical records and provide secure access to emergency medical information. HOW DO SMART CARDS WORK A smart card connects to a card reader either through direct physical contact or through a remote, contactless radio frequency (RF) interface. A typical smart card has a plastic card body, a chip embedded in the body, and a contact plate.
The technology has not only been popular with patients but hospitals are also beginning to utilize this same technology and are able to monitor outpatient’s vitals. Hospitals can keep... ... middle of paper ... ... and in the workplace. While there are disadvantages with regard to security, access, and storage, the advantages seem to take a precedent over the disadvantages and offer the patients more knowledge, better relationships with their doctors. References White, M. and Dorman, S., (2001), Receiving social support online: implications for health education, Oxford Journals Health Education Research, Retrieved November 21, 2013, from http://her.oxfordjournals.org/content/16/6/693.full Mayo Clinic Staff, (2011), MayoClinic.com, Retrieved November 21, 2013, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/support-groups/MH00002 Smith, J., (2011), Wireless Health Care: Wireless Technologies are About to Transform Health Care, and Not a Moment Too Soon, ieee spectrum Inside Technology, Retrieved November 21, 2013, http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/devices/wireless-health-care/0
Technology in healthcare assists diagnostic procedures, medication, and even finding cures. Technology in healthcare provides success in treatments, research, and also gives people who work in the medical field more knowledge to practice medicine. People use technology to research online medical issues such as symptoms, treatments, and medicine to take for minor illnesses. The production of new medicines, machines, and treatments save lives and improve the recovery chances of billions of people. There is a new feature via phone, which involves hospitals keeping families and loved ones updated minute to minute when a patient is in surgery.