We all look forward to the next piece of cutting-edge technology. With a constant upgrade in smart phones, operating systems, gaming consoles and television sets, the anticipation is intrinsically ingrained in our “speed of light” society. When it comes to our healthcare, especially in today’s climate, there is no exception. That’s why both providers and the patients they serve in our ever increasingly connected world are seeing the benefits of telehealth. Telehealth, or virtual medicine, is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration, according to The Health Resources Services Administration.
For many patients and providers, virtual visits are revolutionizing healthcare as we know it today. With any innovative technology, the challenges of real-world implementation aren’t far behind. As a result, when the patient is not physically in front of you, having reliable and accurate data at your fingertips is imperative. has the ability and expertise to ensure your telehealth platform and devices are connected to your patient’s electronic health record (EHR) in real time.
Benefits of telehealth
With a competitive healthcare market, there is a continuous need for low-cost and effective products. Such products are in demand due to costly and sometimes difficult to access healthcare treatments. With telehealth, many issues of the healthcare industry are addressed.
- Telehealth allows both healthcare providers and their patients greater access to one another.
- Patients in rehabilitation or recovery, or those with a chronic illness can be monitored more effectively.
- If there is a limitation or lack of medical facilities, telehealth can bridge the gap between patients and healthcare. In these healthcare shortage areas, many grants are available to assist patients in getting appropriate care.
- Telehealth can provide physicians with a greater ability to work remotely and maintain flexible hours.
- With the right, timely and convenient treatment being provided, physicians can retain and grow their patient base.
- When instances arise that involve the possibility of highly contagious diseases, health care providers can assess the situation remotely and direct for appropriate treatment.
Recent Trends and Remote Patient Monitoring
A recent study from FAIR Health, an expert in health and data analytics, uncovered a rapidly growing trend in telehealth related to non-hospital based patient to provider interaction. In other words, patients are quickly discovering the convenience of these benefits. Combining the power of with your virtual visits can ensure everyone takes advantage of advancing technology and patients receive their diagnoses faster and more efficiently than ever. Is the physician too far away to visit at reasonable times? Does that patient have a question concerning their care but doesn’t necessarily need to schedule an appointment in the clinic? No problem! With Vorro and virtual visits, the distance between your patient’s home and healthcare location are practically synonymous.
Furthermore, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the trend of wearables and smartwatches can assist medical facilities in monitoring and enhancing healthcare. Vorro can bring this remote patient monitoring data into the patient’s EHR and give the medical providers access to this information for more informed medical decision making. This includes connected glucose and blood pressure monitoring devices, activity trackers, oximetry monitoring and spirometry devices
Real World Use
Not only is telehealth a convenient solution, but it’s also been proven to improve the patient’s mental health. discovered that because patients had 24/7 access to their physician, they felt secure and confident in their healthcare system. Whereas before implementing their virtual visit platform, a mysterious rash may have taken hours out of a day to diagnose. Now, patients can now set up a video call with their physician who will then evaluate the patient, give a preliminary diagnosis and suggestions for treatment and perhaps even electronically send a prescription to the patient’s pharmacy. This applies to more than just VA clinics, as patients and providers in all healthcare facilities are quickly realizing the power of telehealth, especially in light of the current pandemic
With amazingly secure and reliable platform integration, Vorro provides healthcare organizations with the tools they need to harmonize these virtual systems and ensure all data is readily available. With Vorro on their side, providers have the ability to integrate the remote monitoring data into their EHR for a more complete medical record. And with healthcare services becoming increasingly efficient, there is always a need for quality, compliant data integration that is protected from redundancy and theft. Vorro has the expertise and ability to ensure your virtual visits are made simple and integrating that data with your current systems, foolproof
Patients and providers alike will continue seeing the benefits of virtual medicine. Doctors have more time to focus on patients and patients have more time to focus on health and happiness while still receiving top-notch medical care. It is growing. It is here. The time is now. In the words of Og Mandino, ‘I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.” Make sure your organization is ready for ALL data, today and tomorrow! Strain your potential until it cries for mercy! Contact Vorro and get ahead on engaging and integrating telehealth into your world!
Billy Waldrop is the Chief Operations Officer for Vorro, Inc. Billy has dedicated his career to managing and developing complex systems for the manufacturing and healthcare industries. He spent 10 years at the Mayo Clinic, where he supervised and directed teams responsible for the development and support of critical Patient Financial Services systems. He holds an MBA and a B.S. in Professional Management, along with many certifications from the Mayo Clinic.