As we grow older, it gets more difficult to leave the house. Some get beyond the point where even getting to a doctor's office is challenging. This is where technology can be a saving grace for our elderly. With new advances in the medical industry, we can now use telehealth technology.
With the high price of gasoline and remote server monitoring terrible traffic, remote patient monitoring is a better choice. Doctors are now able to monitor blood pressure, oxygen levels and weight remotely and can be alerted to any dangerous changes in health. They can consult with patients in the more familiar setting which would help people to open up to their primary physician.
This technology can also help with diabetic patients and can save their life in the event of insulin shock, and notify the primary care doctor as well as emergency responders. The telehealth equipment could potentially provide emergency information to EMS crews in route. This is one of many new technologies being researched.
There are many companies that are researching different technologies in the home health-care industry. Among these companies, myNEXUS has released a remote patient monitoring white paper that details the advances in telehealth technologies. In this white paper, there are case studies that demonstrate the usefulness of patients who suffer from PTSD that was the result of military service during wartime.
Other possibilities include medication reconciliation. This helps doctors compare the medication order to what the patient is really using. This can be linked to pharmacies, doctors and home healthcare providers. This can help streamline the medication ordering process and make errors less frequent.
Telehealth technologies can do more than just monitor the patient's physical health, there have been advances to psychological health-care as well. Therapist and mental health professionals can monitor the patients stress levels and sleep habits. This system can also help doctors know which medication is working and what does not work.
As with any new technologies, more research needs to be done. Remote patient monitoring is still in its infancy and has more legal and sociological hurdles to cross. Home health-care does have more benefits as new technologies are created.
As with any new technologies, more research needs to be done. Remote patient monitoring is still in its infancy and has more legal and sociological hurdles to cross. Future telehealth technologies may even include virtual reality and home surgeries, but that seems unlikely anytime soon. Today's current telehealth technologies do a good job at monitoring vital health information and can be sent to the proper people.