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One of the greatest challenges in rural health is assuring that medical expertise is available when it is needed and where it is needed. This is difficult for remote rural healthcare facilities because they are often unable to attract, afford or retain specialty providers. Telemedicine helps solve these issues by allowing access to specialists regardless of location. This is done using live video conferencing, or real-time medical image sharing/communication portals. This combination of telemedicine technology paired with specialty medical devices enable a remote physician to "see" the patient as if they were actually in the exam room with the patient. The specialist can examine the patient, review vital signs and patient history, provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Usually treatment can be delivered locally. This minimizes or eliminates the need for travel for either the patient or the specialist. Telemedicine also helps rural facilities to train and retain clinicians because telemedicine allows on-the-job experience and remote participation in grand rounds.
Developing CountriesTelemedicine allows rapid deployment of healthcare to a developing population through relatively low cost clinics. Rather than build and staff large numbers of sophisticated facilities, telemedicine allows basic clinics to consult and share the expertise of a medical specialist is located anywhere in the world. This substantially changes the healthcare delivery strategy of a developing country and accelerates deployment and costs a fraction of a traditional "bricks and mortar" strategy.
Correctional FacilitiesTelemedicine allows prison facilities to deliver high quality care without the cost and dangers of inmate transportation or the need for a physician specialist to enter the facility. Correctional facilities have been able to achieve improved access to care while substantially reducing tax payer's dollars spent on inmate healthcare. Telemedicine has proven effective for primary care, disease prevention, dental, and OBGYN healthcare needs in this application. The US federal prison system and corrections facilities in many states, as well as prisons outside the US, have implemented telemedicine as a means to deliver routine healthcare.
School-Based Health Centers
School-based telemedicine programs are making a significant impact on keeping our children healthier and reducing the number of absences due to illness. Telemedicine helps manage chronic conditions for school-aged children such as asthma, diabetes and obesity and decreases the use of urgent and emergency care. The school nurse is an isolated provider yet she has to respond to a variety of needs, telemedicine allows a school nurse to remotely access expert medical opinion for those students that need it. This means a student can be treated without having to miss school for a doctor appointment and it also saves the school from losing attendance-based state funding. Interested in learning more about school-based telemedicine programs? > View our archived webinar on School-Based Telemedicine.
Resource: ATA State Medicaid Best Practice, School-Based Telehealth, July 2013
Mobile Health Clinics
Mobile health clinics have a wide range of medical needs that they have to be prepared to address. In many cases, the nurse or clinician working in the mobile health unit will need a second opinion or support from a medical specialist on a particular patient/case. Telemedicine allows mobile health clinics to quickly "dial-in" a remote physician or medical specialist to consult on the patient or healthcare matter at hand.
Disaster ReliefThe benefits for Disaster Relief are similar to rural health and mobile health. Telemedicine helps deliver healthcare quickly after a disaster has hit. It provides on-site healthcare providers with rapid access to advanced medical expertise and emergency triage capabilities that would not be possible without the use of real-time patient assessment technologies.
Shipping and TransportationThe use of telemedicine on cargo ships, cruise ships, private yacht, or commercial airplanes can help avoid the high cost of evacuations and unscheduled diversions that are caused from a medical emergency. Telemedicine allows access to advance healthcare expertise, triage advise as well as diagnosis and treatment regardless of where the ship or plane may be.
Industrial HealthIndustrial sites such as mines, drilling platforms or industrial campuses highly depend on the health of their employees to operate. They must respond to an unpredictable set of health needs to support sometimes hundreds of employees. Telemedicine avoids the high cost evacuations and assures that the worker receives the best possible treatment and is available to support operations as soon as possible.
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