Posted: July 12, 2021
Telehealth carts combine the real-time video conferencing capabilities of a computer or laptop with a range of compatible diagnostic tools on a mobile cart. They bring the expertise of a medical professional to settings as diverse as hospitals, disaster relief zones, and prisons. The implications for patient access to care are clear, but these specialized carts and kiosks also save medical institutions a lot of money and time. The costs associated with implementing telehealth carts are scalable and can be kept quite low to start as your institution begins to integrate the technology.
Carts are Modular and Scalable
Telehealth carts are customizable depending on the specialty required and they are able to be adapted to your needs. The typical cost of a telehealth cart with the necessary medical devices for basic primary care services is between $9,000 and $15,000. This includes peripheral devices such as an ENT scope, exam camera, and digital stethoscope.
There are over forty-one possible attachments for your telehealth carts including EKG sensors, blood pressure monitor, and ultrasound. Telehealth carts are scalable so you can customize them as your telehealth program continues to grow.
Peripheral devices aid in collecting the necessary data to be sent instantly to a physician for an assessment who can then recommend treatment options or other follow-up actions. An electronic stethoscope, for example, allows remote clinicians to listen to a patient’s internal vital signs at audio qualities the same as or better than with a traditional stethoscope in person. Secure patient data collected by these attachments are accessible by the physician anywhere, anytime, on any internet-connected device.
Bandwidth and Video Conferencing Software
When considering the internet provider for your network - reliability and stability are paramount. Interruptions in service can compromise the flow of real-time data from patient to physician. Make sure to research internet service providers in your area with a proven track record of network stability. Many of them offer a business-grade option with a more powerful connection.
Once reliable internet is established, integrated video conferencing software takes care of the rest, facilitating a user-friendly experience for patients and clinicians. Your video conference software suite needs to be fully HIPAA compliant, with a customizable design that allows you incorporate your company colors and branding with white label features. Your telehealth system should also be cloud-based so that all features are accessible on any internet-capable device.
Training and Support
The prolonged success of your telehealth program requires the engagement of a well-informed team of nurses and physicians, as well as IT support equipped with expert technical knowledge of the system. Some telehealth providers such as LTI provide free ongoing training for staff to get familiar with using the technology.
Other training systems for users, as well as technical and installation training for IT can range from $200 to $2,000 depending on the number of employees and the type of equipment you install. Many training and educational resources are available from the American telehealth Association.
Let’s Talk Interactive partners with our clients on an individual basis to tailor fit a truly comprehensive telehealth solution with 24-7 support and training. Contact us today to get started.