Telemedicine is becoming one of the fastest growing areas of adoption in healthcare today. According to this podcast with Dr. Anne Patterson of Women’s Telehealth, Turner Smith of Telehealth Solutions and Matthew Jansen of Iron Bow Healthcare Solutions, each note that higher levels of medical care are now more readily accessible as health it adoption rates speed up and network technologies advance.
“This is not Skype for medicine,” says Dr. Patterson. While it is as available as some consumer grade technologies and offers greater accessibility, health it is heavily regulated and providers must provide doctors and patients a seamless and secure process for the health it experience.
Jansen describes the technology in three distinct levels – consumer grade, business grade and clinical grade. He says the consumer grade level of technology is in line with a Skype experience, and, while the business grade level of technology is better, the backend network equipment is still not in the control of the healthcare facility. By leveraging technology experts and systems integrators, healthcare facilities can create a clinical grade solution for monitoring and managing by experts to ensure 100-percent uptime.
Once the proper technology is in place, the experience, according to Dr. Patterson is “just like being there.” After two years of practicing obstetrics via health it, Dr. Patterson has seen success with the program and expects that the state of Georgia, where she practices, will start looking at other specialties and how they deliver health it services.
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