Remote healthcare; when technology meets healthcare

What is healthcare
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What is healthcare in general?

Healthcare is the act of taking preventative or necessary medical procedures to improve a person’s health. Healthcare may be with surgery, the administering of medicine, or other alterations in a person’s lifestyle. These services are typically offered through a healthcare system made up of hospitals and healthcare providers, such as doctors and nurses.

What is the healthcare industry?

The healthcare industry is very important to people around the world. The healthcare industry is a sector that provides goods and services to treat patients with curative, preventive, rehabilitative, or palliative care. The healthcare industry includes establishments devoted to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of medical conditions. And it is composed of hospitals, healthcare providers, doctors, nursing homes, diagnostic laboratories, pharmacies, and other components of the healthcare system.

Aging populations and increasing chronic diseases demand more health care procedures and healthcare industry. There will be a big request for healthcare technology products for years to come.

What’s the meaning behind the remote healthcare or telehealth

We all have heard that the internet has transformed modern life. Indeed it has probably changed our relations and helped us to stay in touch with family and friends, purchase goods and services and search for information about our health problems.

Remote healthcare

Remote healthcare is the use of digital information and communications technology, such as computers and mobile devices, in order to control your health. Remote healthcare, known as well as electronic healthcare or mobile healthcare, and it includes different healthcare services, namely:

  • Online support groups
  • Health information and online self-control
  • Contact via the internet the healthcare providers
  • Electronic healthcare registers
  • Remote control of vital signs, such as blood pressure and other symptoms
  • Visit doctors through virtual communications via the internet

Think about the ways telehealth could help diabetics, people:

  • Utilize a mobile phone or other devices to download food records, medications, dosing, and blood sugar levels that will be analyzed by a nurse who responds electronically.
  • Watch a video on carbohydrate counting and download an app on your phone.
  • Use an app to evaluate how much insulin the patient needs based on his diet and exercise level.
  • Send an email or a message to a nurse or a dietitian in order to ask questions
  • Ask for tests kits and medications via the internet
  • The search for the advantages and disadvantages of alternative treatments such as insulin pumps
  • Receive an email, text messaging, or phone reminders when you need a flu vaccination, foot exam, or any other preventive care.

To know more about healthcare and the use of technology in healthcare, we provide below some of healthcare technology use.

Healthcare technology, generally known as “healthtech,” refers to the use of technologies developed to improve any aspects of the healthcare system. From telehealth to artificial intelligence (robots) surgery.

Some people such as people living in countryside couldn’t go to visit the doctor when they fall sick or just for a general checkup, for this remote healthcare is beneficial, here are some examples of remote healthcare services:

Virtual appointments

Some clinics may provide virtual appointments that help you to ascertain your doctor or a nurse via online videoconferencing. These appointments allow you to receive care from your doctor when a face-to-face visit is not possible.

Other virtual appointments include web-based “visits” with a doctor or NP. These services are generally for minor illnesses, almost like the services available at a drop-in clinic. Some big companies provide access to virtual doctors’ offices as a part of their health care services.

Doctors talking to doctors

Doctors can also benefit from technology and provide excellent healthcare for their patients, one of the important examples is the virtual consultation that allows doctors of primary care to get information from specialists and to ask them about a diagnosis or any treatment.

Doctors of primary care send test results, X-rays, or other images to the specialist to review. And specialists may respond electronically, or ask to meet the doctor face to face if necessary. And sometimes, the specialist conducts a virtual appointment with the patient.

What is healthcare technology?

Healthcare technology refers to any technology device or software designed to improve the productivity of hospitals, to create new understandings of medicines and treatments, and generally to improve the quality of health care.

The way we buy healthcare is becoming more accessible to a larger group of people via the insurance technology industry; frequently, called “insurtech.” Patient waiting times are declining, and hospitals with more competent staff, owing to artificial intelligence and predictive analytics. Besides, the surgical procedures and recovery times are being reduced thanks to ultra-precise robots that assist in surgeries and make some procedures less evasive.

Originally published on Live Positively.