Telehealth is the distribution of healthcare services via digital platforms using electronics and telecommunication technologies. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines telehealth as the "delivery of health care services, where patients and providers are separated by a distance”, highlighting its role in “achieving universal health coverage by improving access for patients to quality, cost-effective, health services wherever they may be”. In 2018 Berg Insight estimated the number of remotely monitored patients to reach 50.2 million by 2021, with 25 million comprising those with personal devices. However, these numbers will likely be exceeded due to the face-to-face restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of patients using virtual healthcare services in America has doubled since March and patient feedbacks are promising. 94% of patients who have adapted to telehealth during the pandemic has highlighted its ease, convenience, and adored the sense of control & empowerment telehealth services provided them over the course of their disease. Now, 68% of Americans want technology to play a larger role in sharing medical information with their doctor. And the rigid and unalterable structure of healthcare is now forced to evolve and adapt to a more user-centric approach.
Telehealth services empower their patients like no other. The patient is prioritized and given full control of their treatment management. These services shift the focus of healthcare from hospitals and clinics to its users. Patients have access to their doctors any time, any where; doctors are able to focus on treatment without the burden of reporting or exaustion from paper work. Rather than depending on a patient’s memory from what had happened since their last visit to the clinic, with telehealth remote monitoring services, physicians can instantly monitor any changing measurements or activities done by the patient, even having the chance to send alerts to them when needed.
Benefits of Telehealth
- Improved take-up of digital health tools and services,
- Improve access to healthcare & healthcare professionals,
- Reduce inefficiencies,
- Self-management of long-term conditions,
- Reduce costs,
- Increase quality.
Telehealth services are the future of healthcare, our new “normal”. Since 2014, at Inofab Health, we have embraced the principles & benefits of telehealth and have been working to advance in it using a user-centric approach. With our Personal and Clinic Solutions - SpiroHome Personal, SpiroHome Clinic, and SpiroCloud - our goal is to ease the lives of respiratory patients.
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- Samantha F. Sanders, Ariel D. Stern and William J. Gordon. “How to Make Remote Monitoring Tech Part of Everyday Health Care.” Harvard Business Review, 17 Aug. 2020, https://hbr.org/2020/07/how-to-make-remote-monitoring-tech-part-of-everyday-health-care.
- “Telehealth Is Working for Patients. But What About Doctors?” Harvard Business Review, https://hbr-org.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/hbr.org/amp/2020/11/telehealth-is-working-for-patients-but-what-about-doctors.