How Telehealth is Helping Hospitals Dealing with COVID-19
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, hospitals must look for new ways to treat an increasing number of patients while preventing the spread of disease. Telemedicine has played an important role in this effort. Using secure telehealth software and telemedicine carts and kiosks, healthcare providers have identified and treated numerous patients in the past few months without requiring them to visit a healthcare facility.
Telemedicine carts enable providers to diagnose patients without having to step foot in the exam room. Providers can simply wheel the cart into the room and interact with patients via video conferencing software. Integrated telemedicine tools make it possible for patients to check their own temperature, blood pressure, and more. The data collected by these tools is sent in real-time to the provider, allowing them to quickly evaluate and diagnose patients.
Although providers can use telemedicine carts to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, this technology is proving especially beneficial during the global pandemic. Patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can receive a thorough evaluation via HIPAA-compliant telehealth software. The provider can take vitals, ask key questions, and take a full history without having to come into direct contact with the patient. This solution allows the provider to make informed decisions about care. Based on information gathered during a virtual visit, providers can tell whether the patient requires additional testing. This not only protects the patient and provider, it also helps keep hospital beds free for those that truly need them.
Another option, telemedicine kiosks provide an excellent solution for assisted living facilities, prisons, schools, and other locations where diseases spread quickly. Placed directly inside the facility, telehealth kiosks enable patients to receive quality care via secure video conferencing software. Through the software and integrated diagnostic tools, providers can quickly identify patients requiring additional testing or treatment. This is the fastest and easiest way to identify and isolate potential COVID-19 carriers.
Secure Telemedicine Software
In addition to telemedicine carts and kiosks, telemedicine enables patients to connect with providers from home using their computer, tablet, or laptop. By keeping patients out of crowded offices and clinics, telehealth software effectively reduces the spread of disease.
Using a secure telehealth platform, providers can assess patients and make recommendations for their care without putting them at risk. Telehealth also makes it possible for patients in rural or remote areas to receive care during the pandemic.
Increased Telehealth Acceptance and Adoption
The use of telehealth technology has grown tremendously over the past few months as patients, providers, insurance companies, and government officials realize the benefits of a well-executed telehealth solution. Many insurance companies have begun offering incentives for people that utilize telehealth services during the coronavirus crises. Even Medicaid has begun offering increased coverage for telehealth appointments.
Let’s Talk Interactive provides turnkey telemedicine solutions for hospitals and providers. Our user-friendly, HIPAA-compliant telehealth software keeps patients and providers safe, while allowing providers to reach more patients in less time than possible with in-person visits.
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