When most people think of going to the doctor, technology may not enter their thoughts. However, the landscape of medicine is changing as medical professionals use technology to help their patients maintain healthy lifestyles. Schedules can be tough for both the patient and the doctor, but there are innovative new ways to stay in touch with quality connections.
Digital innovations have now made it possible for consumers to use portable devices to access their medical information, monitor their vital signs, take tests at home and carry out a wide range of tasks. For the first time, we can digitize certain person-to-person interactions. We can remotely and continuously monitor each heartbeat, moment-to-moment blood pressure readings, the rate and depth of breathing, body temperature, oxygen concentration in the blood, glucose, brain waves, activity, and mood. We can image any part of the body and do a three-dimensional reconstruction, eventually leading to the capability of printing an organ. Or, we can use a miniature, handheld, high-resolution imaging device that rapidly captures critical information anywhere, such as the scene of a motor vehicle accident or a person’s home in response to a call of distress.
Medicine is becoming more dependent upon technology for several reasons. First, millennials are growing up, and they are comfortable using and obtaining information from electronic devices. As millennials take charge of their medical care, they are likely more receptive to experiencing the benefits of telemedicine.
Additionally, the way medicine is taught and practiced is changing. Doctors now look for consistent patterns in patient history and symptoms, ways to save money, and ways to treat patients less invasively. Technology provides all this and more. For example, telemedicine allows doctors to get consults and second opinions from physicians who aren’t on their campuses. This leads to more informed treatment and faster discharge times.
What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care from a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available. Whether unable to meet in person due to time constraints, physical constraint, or some other reason, telemedicine bridges the gap by allowing parties to communicate and share data online.
At Lynx Healthcare, patients will be able to visit with physicians of various specialties over video conferencing in order to receive an immediate diagnosis and treatment plan, or at the very least provide the physician with data in order to come up with a diagnosis and follow-up plan at a later time.
To learn more about telemedicine, contact Lynx Healthcare at (509) 591-0070 or (509) 321-4575 to request an appointment.