Medical Tablets and the Rise of Telemedicine

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Telehealth is rapidly rising thanks to increasing mobility in patient care, a need to streamline processes and an imperative to reduce healthcare costs. Currently, 83 percent of physicians use mobile technology to provide care, driving the mobility of patient information as well. The ultimate goal of telehealth is to eliminate geographic constraints, deliver quality patient care, and meet the needs of rural populations as well as those in inner cities.

Many healthcare providers are showing an increasing interest in telehealth not just for the benefits to themselves (including more comprehensive, faster access to patient data and images), but for lower costs and better care. Medical tablets allow doctors and nurses to “meet” with patients anywhere at any time and access all data required from a single device.

Telehealth offerings include customer online access to providers, making diagnoses, prescriptions for, and treatment of basic, common illnesses possible without an in-office visit.  Real-time, video-based virtual consults can be set up between providers and patients, chronically ill patients can be monitored at home, and primary care physicians can consult with specialists for diagnosis confirmation instantly.

Mobile devices such as tablets can be distributed to patients in rural areas or centralized at a remote “clinic” where patients can be checked in on a tablet and wait for their consult. These tablets can be utilized for filling out HIPAA/release forms for records from outside hospitals; and sent an alert when the patient is next in line to be “seen.”

The latest advancements in mobile technology promise seamless integration into existing systems, higher quality of patient care, and lower costs for healthcare providers. Many healthcare providers have already made the switch to mobile technology thanks to the increasing popularity of mobile devices and tablet use.

Diagnostic medical imaging software can enable physicians to diagnose from any location when they can securely view patient images and reports from tablets, and consult with specialists remotely. Such software can be integrated into electronic medical records to update patient records immediately, and patients can view their own images via a secure login.

Mobile technology in the healthcare workplace and an increasing acceptance of private and public cloud technologies plays a critical role in creating cost-effective platforms. Medical tablet tech makes it easy to manage information gathering, education, case file maintenance, radiologist-technology interfaces, and patient interactions with speed and privacy in any place at any time.