Telemedicine Second Option
What is telemedicine ?
Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another through electronic communications in order to improve the clinical health status of patients. Telemedicine has a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools and other forms of telecommunications technology.
It started out over forty years ago when the hospitals started to extend care to patients in remote areas. Since then the use of telemedicine has spread rapidly and is now becoming a part of the ongoing operations of hospitals, specialty departments, home health agencies, private physician offices as well as consumer’s homes and workplaces.
Products and services related to telemedicine are often part of a larger investment by health care institutions in either information technology or the delivery of clinical care. Therefore, telemedicine is not a separate medical specialty. Even in the reimbursement fee structure, there is usually no distinction made between services provided on site and the ones provided through telemedicine. Often , there is no separate coding required for billing of remote services as well.
What kind of Services Can Be Provided By Telemedicine?
• Primary care and specialist referral services might provide you with a primary care or allied health professional's consultation or a specialist assisting the primary care physician in rendering a diagnosis. This may be done by the use of live interactive video or the use of store and forward transmission of diagnostic images, vital signs and/or video clips together with patient data for later review.
• Remote patient monitoring, including home telehealth, uses instruments to remotely collect and send data to a home health agency or a remote diagnostic testing facility (RDTF) for interpretation. Such applications might include a specific vital sign, such as blood glucose or heart ECG or a variety of indicators for patients who cannot leave their homes. Such services can be useful to supplement the use of visiting nurses.
• With the Consumer medical and health information the internet and wireless devices for consumers can be used so they can obtain specialized health information and on-line discussion groups to get peer-to-peer support.
• By providing medical education , health professionals get continuing medical education credits and targeted groups in remote locations get special medical education seminars.
What Are the Benefits of Telemedicine?
Telemedicine has been growing rapidly because it offers four fundamental benefits:
• Improved Access – For over 40 years, Telemedicine has been used to bring healthcare services to patients in distant locations for over 40 years. Telemedicine improves access to patients and at the same time it allows physicians and health facilities to expand their reach, beyond their own offices. Considering the provider shortages throughout the world--in both rural and urban areas--telemedicine has a unique capacity to increase service to millions of new patients.
• Cost Efficiencies – One of the most important reasons for funding and adopting telehealth technologies is to reduce or continue the cost of healthcare. Through better management of chronic diseases, shared health professional staffing, reduced travel times, and fewer or shorter hospital stays, Telemedicine has been shown to reduce the cost of healthcare and increase efficiency.
• Improved Quality – Studies reveal consistently that the quality of healthcare services delivered via telemedicine are as good as those given in traditional in-person consultations. Moreover, in some specialties, especially in mental health and ICU care, telemedicine delivers a superior product, with greater results and patient satisfaction.
• Patient Demand – The greatest effect of telemedicine is on the patient, their family and their community so consumers want telemedicine. Using telemedicine technologies reduces travel time and related stresses for the patient. Patient satisfaction and support for telemedical services have been documented by studies done over the past 15 years . With these services patients can get access to providers that might not be available otherwise, as well as medical services without the need to travel long distances.
Our initial aim is never to get Medical Second Opinions (MSO's) from abroad. Using our own expertise, we will try to resolve the problem in the quickest probable way whenever it is possible. On the other hand, we understand that in some particular cases, it is more advisable to look for medical guidance from well-known centers all over the world. We do this by using the newest "Telemedicine system" and it enables live consultation with;
John Hopkins Hospitals
Memorial Hermann Hospital
Clevland Regional Medical Center
University of Pittsburg Medical Center
"Telemedicine" is getting live consultation for medical advice. With this method, we can discuss the case with medical professionals by providing them with the necessary information, such as, pathological slides, ECG etc. By doing this, we can obtain an immediate consultation and advice on how to continue in the best way with the case.
Please bring us all your medical records such as laboratory reports, radiological images, etc. and we will work on making a detailed report of your case and sent it together with any, relevant, necessary documents to the most internationally famous professors and consultants who specialize in your case. After that, we will contact you regarding the results of our consultation.
Do not worry if your case is rare or difficult, we have contact with famous, well-reputed University professors all around the world.
We even deal with the following cases;
-Intensive care and rare cases
- Oncology cases
- Brain and neurological disorders
- Orthopedic diseases etc.
- Eye diseases.
- Bone Marrow Transplant.
- Organ Transplantation.
- Cyber Knife.
- Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery.