Telehealth has been rising in popularity, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, as a way to compensate for the hospital beds taken up by covid patients, a remote way of going to the doctor seems more ideal. Telehealth is a remote way of accessing healthcare, health education and health information services. This can be done through online video conferences, voice calls, apps for mobile phones and tablets etc. There are many advantages to telehealth as it: allows people to overcome geographical barriers, cuts patient costs, is more accessible to a larger population, is relatively less time consuming, improves healthcare especially in rural areas and creates a better relationship between the doctor and patient.
According to the CDC, in rural areas telehealth is being used to treat issues such as:
- Stroke care and cardiac rehabilitation,
- Remote monitoring of chronic diseases,
- Vision care for people with diabetes,
- Tobacco cessation.
It can also be used for:
- Wellness visits,
- Different types of counseling,
- Medicine prescriptions,
- Conditions that require immediate care (e.g. urinary tract infections, common rashes).
The Role of AI in Telehealth
The development of technology has also led to another new term: AI, artificial intelligence. AI is a type of programming that allows computers, machines etc. to think like humans. This allows them to learn new behaviors, analyze certain situations and solve problems. This aspect of technology can be very useful when used in telehealth. While the application of AI is still in the early stages of adaptation to telehealth,
- It could aid the communication between clients and service providers as doctors or service providers may not always be able to check on patients. In cases like these, a person-like AI could help instead.
- It has access to all of the patient's medical history, therefore would be more efficient in having a full understanding of the person's medical conditions and background. This allows AI to make more correct speculations about a patient and might develop a better understanding how to treat them most efficiently.
- It could be useful in monitoring patient data.
- It is useful for the diagnosis of certain illnesses.
Overall, AI can be very useful in helping telehealth grow and develop into newer areas of health and reach more people. At Inofab Health, we provide a full spectrum of respiratory digital healthcare solutions for our patients, healthcare professionals, and organizations. Our systems provide a valuable data pool for the development of artificial intelligence algorithms that diagnose respiratory diseases with higher accuracy. We are leading this revolution with SpiroCloud, spirometer integrated data platform.
- “Telehealth in Rural Communities.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- “Telehealth.” MedlinePlus
- “Telehealth for Noncritical Patients With Chronic Diseases During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” National Center for Biotechnology Information Search, 2020