Teleclinics:

This is usually done between two clinical locations. Using ICT services, date and audio/video interactions are exchanged between the two locations. These centres are provided the required hardware and medical devices this facilitates access to quality medical/specialty/services irrespective of the location of the patient across the globe.

Telehealth benefits:

  • Creates value for Hospitals, Doctors & above all for patients
  • Increased patient access
  • Enhanced reach of healthcare services
  • Reduced cost structure
  • 24/7 coverage
  • Higher customer satisfaction
  • Reduced cost structure
  • Provide primary healthcare that would not be available otherwise
  • Specialty care consultations for isolated specialists, practitioners, and other health care professionals
  • Eliminate expensive travel and isolation
  • Reduce need to move patient
  • CME for isolated health care providers
  • Hospital and Insurance Benefits:
  • Significant reduction in unnecessary visits & hospitalization for specialized care at tertiary hospitals
  • Earlier discharge of patients leading to shorter length of stay in hospitals
  • Increase in the scope of services without creating physical infrastructure in remote hospitals

Telemedicine is the natural evolution of healthcare in the digital world

ATHS largely views telemedicine and telehealth to be interchangeable terms, encompassing a wide definition of remote healthcare, although telehealth may not always involve clinical care. Yet, regardless of how you refer to it, what is now indisputable is how telemedicine greatly improves the quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world.

We see this most commonly via today’s rapidly evolving technologies. Phones today have more computational capacity than many of those first systems that went to the moon. And video-based transactions are now becoming commonplace in hospitals and healthcare systems around the country. Patient consultations via video conferencing, transmission of still images, e-health including patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education, consumer-focused wireless applications and nursing call centers are just some of the related applications

Current Methods:

  • Real-time Techniques
  • Store and Forward
  • Remote Monitoring

Current Applications:

  • Two-way video
  • Email
  • Smart phones
  • Wireless tools