Technology continues to change the way we live. Can anyone remember the days before cell phones or computers? The medical industry has changed as well with shared access to medical records and new technologies that make surgeries more precise and recuperation easier. One of the newest technologies is Telehealth, a tool that can monitor health issues before they arise.
Jack Plotkin is the Chief Technology Officer for Virtual Health the company that developed the Telehealth technology platform. He was instrumental in developing some of the new technologies used in Telehealth. The platform increases doctor/patient engagement to provide more thorough record-taking, enabling the physician to be proactive in their patients’ health.
How Telehealth Works:
Healthcare organizations previously struggled to maximize the efficiency of critical activities, including data collection, warehousing, updated health records as well as administrative processes like billing, practice, and data management processes. The Telehealth platform was developed to reduce costs and provide data integration throughout the healthcare process, from vital signs, test results, diagnostic images and more.
Telehealth has created Bluetooth-enabled, wearable devices like armbands, pendants and available through Fitbit, Apple Watches and other wireless devices. The ongoing data mining gives you and your physician instant access to blood pressure, weight records, and other data. A key breakthrough came when new social and clinical date sets could be mined along with claim history to get information that aids with whole body care. In short, it utilizes technology to provide real-time health monitoring and the ability for physicians to monitor changes in overall health.
The monitors and apps track regular activity and sleep patterns to get a “baseline” of activity and vital signs. The wireless wearable sensors enable critical data to be collected without the patient having to remember to take a reading. If irregular data occurs, the physician will be notified of potential issues. This helps with fast diagnoses, medications and treatment plans that best benefit the patient.
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