Earlier, the Telehealth system was used by ISRO and NASA in early 1980. Especially, we are in a situation where we can separate our lives and way of living as post-Covid and pre Covid. In order to reduce the risk and deaths of people, the hospital industry came up with the idea of recreating the Telehealth and Telemedicine system on a large scale. 

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What is telehealth?

It is described as the use of telecommunications and digital communication technologies to offer health and health-related services. They provide services such as medical care, provider and patient education, health information services, and self-care. Generally, remote patient monitoring (RPM), live video conferencing, mobile health apps, and live video conferencing are the technologies used in telehealth.

What does telemedicine mean?

It is the application of technology and telecommunication networks to provide healthcare to patients who are geographically distant from doctors. A radiologist, for example, might examine and interpret imaging results for a patient in a distant county whose hospital does not have a radiologist.

How do I get telehealth or telemedicine?

Patients are provided with an online account or a toll-free number. Patients who seek a telemedicine consultation would be requested to fill out some basic information. That is about their current medical condition before requesting a telemedicine consultation with a doctor.

Patient portal

It’s possible that your primary care office has an online patient portal. These portals provide an alternative to email, which is an insecure method of communicating sensitive medical information. A portal provides a more secure online tool to do the following:

Make an appointment with your doctor or a nurse.

Request for prescriptions.

Examine test results and previous visit reports.

Request for a scheduled appointment.

Virtual appointments

Virtual appointments, which allow you to see your doctor or nurse via internet video conferencing, may be available at some clinics. When an in-person visit isn’t essential, these appointments allow you to continue receiving care from your regular doctor.

Web-based “visits” with a doctor or nurse are another type of virtual appointment. These services are often for minor ailments and are similar to those offered at a walk-in clinic. As part of their healthcare operations, some multinational corporations offer virtual doctor’s offices.

Personal Health Records (PHR):

An electronic personal health record system, often known as a PHR system. It is a collection of health-related data that you retain and control. You can use a PHR app on any web-enabled device. You can use your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, at any time.

A personal health record can immediately provide essential information to emergency services. Namely, current diagnoses, prescriptions, drug allergies, and your doctor’s contact information, in the event of an emergency.

Benefits of telehealth:

Although virtual visits are not as prevalent as in-person doctor visits, there are numerous advantages that explain why this sort of care is becoming more popular.

It limits physical contact which reduces the fear of Covid-19.

Virtual visits can treat health concerns wherever patients are, including from the comfort of their own homes.

Commute time, time off from work, and the need for child care are all reduced when you stay put.

Virtual health care solutions can reduce wait times for appointments and increase access to professionals who are located further away.

Limitations of telehealth:

Other considerations, such as the ability to pay for telehealth services, may restrict their potential benefits. Telehealth insurance reimbursement varies by state and type of insurance. Also, because of regional internet availability or the expense of mobile devices, those persons who might benefit the most from greater access to care may be hampered.

In 2001, ISRO launched a Telemedicine Pilot Project in India, connecting Chennai’s Apollo Hospital with the Apollo Rural Hospital in Aragonda village in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district.

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