Article written by Francis Dunn, Miami, FL
Telemedicine supports healthcare professionals to assess, diagnose and treat patients remotely, using a patient’s phone, tablet, or computer. Distantly treating patients has grown in popularity as it allows rural patients, especially seniors with limited mobility, easy access to healthcare.
Telemedicine can be divided into 3 main categories:
Synchronous Telemedicine – These are consultations similar to physical appointments with a doctor, which allows patients real-time, two-way communication online.
Asynchronous Telemedicine – A one-way method of communicating with patients, via email or text, to provide patients with health-related information.
Remote Patient Monitoring Telemedicine – This area of telemedicine can help monitor patients with chronic conditions from the comfort of their homes. Health Care professionals can also assess real-time data, for example, blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart rate, etc., to help patients recover or manage their condition.
The main benefit telemedicine offers seniors is the ability to receive more frequent care, at reduced costs, with quicker information sharing. A patient’s caregivers will similarly be able to communicate with the patient’s doctor to better care for their loved ones. Moreover, seniors can monitor and maintain their health, by uploading daily information that will help them understand their condition and progress.
Telemedicine can similarly provide seniors with the independence to live by themselves. At-home health devices can alert physicians and providers when a patient feels unwell. Since transportation and mobility can be a concern for most seniors, remote consultations are a key aspect of senior healthcare as they assist seniors to maintain regular appointments.
Francis Dunn is based in Miami, Florida. Francis William Dunn has the heart of an entrepreneur and has worked with successful companies such as DMDconnects. His expertise in fund raising has helped with multiple new start-ups in the healthcare and medical device sector. Francis Dunn is experienced in people development, online healthcare, executive management and acquisitions. He is an advocate for healthy living and a caring father.