Telemedicine has never been more important than it is currently. With the entire world fighting to slow the spread of COVID-19, hospitals in the United States are bracing for what could very well be an overwhelming influx of patients in the coming weeks. On a normal day, without a worldwide pandemic, hospitals are often near full capacity. So slowing the spread of COVID-19 is the number one priority.
One way that hospitals are continuing to serve their patients without having them physically come into the hospital is through telemedicine. Telemedicine allows the administering of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. This is not an entirely new way of delivering healthcare information, as many organizations have been practicing telemedicine for many years.
In fact, provider telemedicine use has risen to an adoption rate of 71 percent, according to research for HIMSS Analytics. Telemedicine allows long distance patient and provider contact which allows them to discuss care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring, and remote admissions.
Medical Device Companies have been developing telemedicine tools as a way to help avoid overwhelming hospitals with the creation of smart beds and other home treatment devices. Their work has allowed healthcare professionals to deliver care while keeping hospitals less congested.
By offering medical device capabilities remotely, companies are committing to information privacy and network security, protecting patients health information worldwide.
The Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning helps companies quickly process data from various devices deployed to patients requiring home services. With all of the information and data that is entering these medical devices, it is crucial that the information be scanned and verified.
Security and compliance are integral parts of the telemedicine story. Patients are using personal or public internet connections to interact with their doctors so it is imperative that the data is not only secure on the providers side but also when it is transferred from the patient.
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