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Telehealth: Technology meets well being care

See how know-how can enhance your well being care.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

How many occasions have you ever heard it mentioned that the web has modified fashionable life? Indeed, it’s possible modified the way you keep in contact with household and mates and purchase items and providers. And it’s in all probability even modified the way you seek for details about well being issues.

Several telehealth instruments are provided that can assist you handle your well being care and obtain the providers you want. During the coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, many individuals used telehealth. People typically nonetheless use it. Find out extra about telehealth.

What is telehealth?

Telehealth is using digital info and communication applied sciences to entry well being care providers remotely and handle your well being care. Technologies can embrace computer systems and cellular gadgets, reminiscent of tablets and smartphones. This could also be know-how you employ from residence. Or a nurse or different well being care skilled might present telehealth from a medical workplace or cellular van, reminiscent of in rural areas. Telehealth can be know-how that your well being care supplier makes use of to enhance or assist well being care providers.

The objectives of telehealth, typically known as e-health or m-health (cellular well being), embrace the next:

  • Make well being care simpler to get for individuals who reside in communities which are distant or within the nation.
  • Keep you and others secure when you’ve got an infectious illness reminiscent of COVID-19.
  • Offer main care for a lot of situations.
  • Make providers extra simply provided or useful for individuals who have restricted means to maneuver, time or transportation.
  • Offer entry to medical specialists.
  • Improve communication and coordination of care amongst well being care crew members and an individual getting care.
  • Offer recommendation for self-management of well being care.

Many individuals discovered telehealth useful in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and nonetheless use it. Telehealth is getting used extra typically.

Here are many examples of telehealth providers which may be useful in your well being care.

Virtual visits

Some clinics might use telemedicine to supply distant care. For instance, clinics might supply digital visits. These can permit you to see a well being care supplier, psychological well being counselor or a nurse through on-line video or cellphone chats.

Virtual visits can supply care in lots of situations reminiscent of migraines, pores and skin situations, diabetes, melancholy, nervousness, colds, coughs and COVID-19. These visits permit you to get care from a supplier whenever you don’t want or can’t get an in-person go to.

Before your go to, your well being care crew might ship you info or varieties to fill out on-line and return to them. They may additionally be sure you have the know-how you want. They’ll examine to see if you want to replace or set up any software program or apps too. And they will inform you the way to signal on and be part of the video chat in your go to. Also, the well being care crew can clarify the way to use the microphone, digicam and textual content chat. If wanted, ask a member of the family that can assist you arrange the know-how you want.

You solely want a smartphone, pill or laptop with web entry to affix the digital go to. You can discover a snug, quiet, personal spot to sit down throughout your go to. Your supplier additionally meets from a personal place.

Other choices

Some individuals might use internet or phone-based providers for medical care or recommendation. When you log right into a web-based service or name a service that provides main or pressing care, you’re guided by means of many questions. The supplier or nurse practitioner can prescribe medication. Or they could recommend residence care tips or extra medical care.

While these providers are useful, they’ve drawbacks:

  • Treatment might not be coordinated together with your common supplier.
  • Important particulars out of your medical historical past might not be thought-about.
  • The computer-driven mannequin used to make selections might not be best for you when you’ve got a fancy medical historical past.
  • The service doesn’t simply permit so that you can make selections together with your supplier about therapies.

Remote monitoring

Many applied sciences permit your supplier or well being care crew to examine your well being remotely. These applied sciences embrace:

  • Web-based or cellular apps for importing knowledge to your supplier or well being care crew. For instance, when you’ve got diabetes, it’s possible you’ll add meals logs, blood sugar ranges and medicines {that a} nurse checks.
  • Devices that measure and wirelessly ship knowledge, reminiscent of blood strain, blood sugar and oxygen ranges.
  • Wearable gadgets that routinely report and ship knowledge. For instance, the gadgets might report knowledge reminiscent of coronary heart price, blood sugar, the way you stroll, your posture, tremors, bodily exercise or your sleep.
  • Home monitoring gadgets for older individuals or individuals with dementia that may discover modifications in every day actions reminiscent of falls.
  • Devices that ship notifications to remind you to do workouts or take medication.

Providers speaking to suppliers

Providers also can use know-how to present individuals higher care. For instance, in a digital session, main care suppliers can get enter from specialists in different places once they have questions on your analysis or remedy.

The main care supplier sends examination notes, historical past, check outcomes, X-rays or different photos to the specialist to evaluation. The specialist might reply by e-mail. Or they could do a digital go to with you at your supplier’s workplace. They may additionally ask for a face-to-face assembly.

In some circumstances, a nurse or different well being care skilled might use know-how to offer care from a medical workplace, clinic or cellular van in a rural space. They might name a specialist or supplier at a medical clinic to do a distant seek the advice of.

These digital consultations might forestall pointless in-person referrals to a specialist. They may additionally reduce wait occasions so that you can see a specialist. And they could take away the necessity so that you can journey to a specialist.

Patient portal

Your main care clinic might have a web-based affected person portal. These portals supply a safer manner of contacting your supplier as a substitute of e-mail. A portal supplies a secure on-line instrument to do the next:

  • Message your supplier or a nurse.
  • Ask for prescription refills.
  • Review check outcomes and summaries of earlier visits.
  • Schedule visits or ask for appointment reminders for preventive care.

If your supplier is in a big well being care system, the portal may additionally present one level of contact for any specialists you may even see.

Personal well being apps

Many apps have been made to assist individuals higher set up their medical info in a single safe place. These digital instruments might enable you:

  • Store private well being info.
  • Record important indicators.
  • Calculate and monitor your energy.
  • Schedule reminders for taking medication.
  • Record bodily exercise reminiscent of your every day step rely.

Personal well being data

An digital private well being report system (PHR system) is a set of details about your well being that you just management and keep. A PHR app is straightforward so that you can see anytime through a web-enabled system, reminiscent of your laptop, laptop computer, pill or smartphone. A PHR additionally lets you evaluation your lab outcomes, X-rays and notes out of your supplier. Your supplier might give this to different suppliers with permission.

In an emergency, a private well being report can rapidly give emergency employees important info. For instance, it may possibly present your present situations, medication, drug allergy symptoms and your supplier’s contact particulars.

The potential of telehealth

Technology has the potential to enhance the standard of well being care. And know-how could make it simpler for extra individuals to get well being care.

Telehealth might supply methods to make well being care extra environment friendly, higher coordinated and nearer to residence. You can go to a digital go to wherever — reminiscent of at residence or in your automotive. And you don’t must journey to go to a digital go to.

Telehealth may be helpful so you possibly can keep residence in case you’re sick or if it’s laborious so that you can journey. And you should use telehealth in case you reside removed from a medical heart. And many individuals have been in a position to hold distance from others at residence and nonetheless obtain care in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. And suppliers can diagnose and deal with COVID-19 remotely.

Virtual visits also can offer you the selection to satisfy with specialists who don’t reside the place you do.

The limitations of telehealth

Telehealth has potential for higher coordinated care. But it additionally runs the chance of gaps in care, overuse of medical care, inappropriate drug use or pointless care. Providers can’t do a bodily examination in-person, which may have an effect on a analysis.

The potential advantages of telehealth providers could also be restricted by different components, reminiscent of prices. Insurance reimbursement for telehealth can range by state and sort of insurance coverage within the U.S. But insurance coverage retains increasing for telehealth providers within the U.S. And in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, insurance coverage restrictions modified for a time frame. Check together with your insurance coverage firm to see which suppliers have digital visits coated by insurance coverage.

Also, some individuals who want improved entry to care could also be restricted due to not having web entry or a cellular system. People with out web entry might be able to entry telehealth providers through the use of wi-fi web provided at public locations. For instance, libraries or neighborhood facilities might supply wi-fi web for digital visits that may happen in personal rooms.

Sometimes know-how doesn’t work properly. It’s vital to have a plan together with your supplier to name them by cellphone if there is a matter with the digital go to.

 

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