The first benefit of telemedicine is bridging the gaps of healthcare delivery from distance. The same information can be accessed from the next room or from a medical facility several thousand kilometers away. The quality of medical care will be largely improved because accessibility to special medical care can be extended to suburban and rural areas.
The second benefit of telemedicine is improved efficiency of medical care. For example, the number of patients that had to be transported the big City hospital was reduced by ~85% in Aragonda village, India (Apollo's first rural telemedicine centre) after employing a telemedical system.
The third benefit is improved service for patients. It is a large burden for sick patients to physically go to a hospital. Ideally, a patient could receive a doctor's visit in the comfort of his own home. A patient's psychological comfort would be greatest if physicians could monitor them constantly.
The fourth benefit is that physicians will have greater opportunities to deliver medical care to patients in places where medical care is not otherwise accessible. The most typical case would be to use telemedical communication between a hospital and an ambulance. This sort of usage has been further expanded to ships, planes, oilrigs, etc.
Finally, telemedicine is a very effective method of connecting globally for accessing quality healthcare delivery.
Second /Special Opinion
When in doubt, a General Practitioner or a specialist seeks opinion from a super specialist to get accurate diagnosis or for providing right treatment at the right time. The objective of this mechanism is to:
♦ Confirm diagnosis
♦ Plan treatment
♦ Provide acute interventional plan in case of a medical emergency
The healthcare professional in one discipline or a General practitioner can request and receive opinion from a specialist. Generally the clinical faculties of cardiology, neurology, oncology and dermatology warrant such remote consultation.
Complex medical cases often need more than one specialist opinion to ensure accurate diagnosis. In these cases, the specialist at the remote site interacts with a team of specialists at the provider end to come up with a diagnosis. This involves more than one input, for example, Tele-Radiology, Tele-Pathology, Tele-Cardiology etc, to arrive at the final diagnosis.