As we continue to advance further into an age of mobile technology and data sharing, more and more of our daily routines and responsibilities will become integrated into our continuously modernized lifestyles. Newly emerging apps, devices, and methods for performing tasks through web-based systems will, inevitably, envelop every aspect of our lives. We have seen this already with activities such as banking, shopping, and the trading of goods and services. Mobile technology has allowed us to transform these tasks to suit our comfort levels and convenience. And now, nearly every aspect of our lives can be controlled through the same device we use to text our friends and check our emails.
The Origins of Telehealth
The desire for mobile technology in healthcare is nothing new. As far back as 1924, people were theorizing how certain technology such as radio transmissions could allow doctors to interact with patients remotely. In 1940s Pennsylvania, the first electronic medical record was transmitted 24 miles via telephone lines. And, in 1959, clinicians at the University of Nebraska discovered a way to use television transmissions to relay neurological examinations to students across campus.
Since these first attempts at telemedicine, doctors and healthcare organizations have gained the freedom to perform all manner of medical and clinical tasks with the aid of mobile technology and digital devices. Through Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, hospitals, private care practices, specialty clinics, mental health providers, ambulance services, and many other types of healthcare providers can get access to a plethora of systems and tools designed to improve the ways healthcare professionals interact and care for their patients.
Advances in Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote patient monitoring combines traditional medical practices (checkups, consultations, and diagnoses) with portable devices and mobile apps aimed at relaying pertinent health information. These devices are varied in their purpose and complexity and can be used to obtain blood-glucose levels, measure weight fluctuation, and monitor vitals such as heart rate and blood pressure. Once collected, these results can then be seamlessly and immediately uploaded to a software system to be analyzed by a patient’s clinical and medical providers.
The computer- and web-based formats of these devices allows for information to be shared on-the-spot from a patient’s home or workplace. By eliminating the need for physical doctor visits to obtain crucial health data, healthcare providers can greatly improve their relationship with their patients and the quality of their care services.
Mobile and portable healthcare technology is particularly useful when dealing with clients who live with one or more chronic conditions, as these are prone to rapid change. Congestive heart failure, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and COPD are among some of the diseases that can be managed more effectively and thoroughly through the use of telehealth tools.
About Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas is the president of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions. In 2004, she developed and secured funding for the first Medicaid-covered telehealth monitoring program within the Disease Management Department for the State of Missouri. Seeing the need that various industries had for cost-saving solutions that could provide improved health outcomes for patients, she began Advanced TeleHealth Solutions in 2011. Thomas is an expert on diabetes telehealth programs and a nationally renowned speaker, using her expertise in telehealth monitoring to educate hospitals, home health agencies, and other companies and organizations about the benefits of telemedicine solutions.