As the applications of technology in healthcare continue to grow, training for telemedicine must take center stage in the education of future clinicians.
Synchronous telemedicine (i.e., real-time telemedicine) is a virtual alternative to an in-person doctors visit: think FaceTime or Video chat between a patient and their provider or caregiver. Synchronous telemedicine has evolved and expanded in recent years, but two questions remain: one, are video visits cost-effective and two, can providers deliver quality care through video visits?
While the benefits of telehealth are well documented, best practices for telehealth have yet to be formally established. Telehealth users are often searching for best practices that will allow them to use telehealth to its fullest potential.
While the use of telehealth is commonly associated with providing support and symptom management to patients with chronic conditions, many of the same benefits of vitals monitoring, symptom evaluation, and on-call support can be applied to the postpartum population.
Patients with kidney disease can gain tremendous benefits from telehealth. Telehealth solutions offer self management tools and enhanced communication between patients and clinicians. This level of enhanced care can help both patients and providers overcome barriers to healthcare for this patient population.
Postpartum women require a considerable amount of healthcare in the months following childbirth. In addition to attending to basic medical needs, it is also important that postpartum women optimize their weight status. Returning to a healthy weight after pregnancy can positively influence lifelong weight status, chronic disease risk, and offspring health.
As the aging population grows and as chronic diseases become increasingly prevalent, healthcare must be accessible beyond hospital walls. Patients living with chronic disease are often not hospital bound. They can, and typically prefer to, live at home. The boundaries of healthcare must adapt to care for these individuals.
Telehealth is of great potential value to patients receiving palliative care. The palliative care community benefits from continuous monitoring and symptom management, both of which are enhanced by telehealth services. Additionally, telehealth allows care providers to monitor for functional decline and intervene early, so that patients can return to comfort as soon as possible.