Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care from a distance. It has been used to overcome distance barriers and to improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. It is also used to save lives in critical care and emergency situations.
Telemedicine can be classified into 3 different categories: Remote Patient Monitoring, Store-and-Forward, and Interactive Telemedicine.
SPG Health Remote Patient Monitoring – also known as tele-monitoring, allows patients with chronic diseases to be monitored in their homes with mobile medical devices that collect data about blood sugar levels, blood pressure or other vital signs. Remote caregivers can review the data instantly.
SPG Health Store-and-Forward – also known as asynchronous telemedicine, lets providers share patient information, such as lab results, with a physician at another location.
SPG Health Interactive Telemedicine / SPG Virtual Physician – allows physicians and patients to communicate in real time live using a phone, tablet or computer wherever, whenever (software complies with HIPPA regulations).
About SPG Telehealth Programs
Telehealth Programs can address consumers’ core needs in a way that traditional care delivery settings can’t. To do so, organizations must first truly understand what their consumers want, beyond just quality of care and a good experience at your facility, by thinking about their lifestyle.
Consumers don’t want to be sick nor do they want to spend a significant amount of time seeking out care. If that they are sick or injured, they want as few disruptions to daily life as possible. Essentially, the less they need healthcare the better. The lifestyles of many consumers make accessing care less of a priority or challenging to comply with. For instance, an individual with a chronic illness wants to make their follow-up appointments but a demanding job and family requires frequent cancellations. A caregiver wants to be present at a loved one’s appointment but struggles to balance providing care with other family responsibilities. An individual receives surgery, but doesn’t go to follow up appointments because they can’t take the time to travel to the physician’s office.
So, with that in mind, telehealth can be looked at as more than on-demand urgent care appointments, but as an integrated component of the care continuum. Telehealth is a chance to meet people where they’re at, whether that’s at home, office, school or another location to ensure they’re receiving the care they need. Ultimately keeping them well or making it easier for them to get well with minimal disruption to their daily life. This means that staying healthy isn’t a burden but fits consumers’ lifestyles.