Telemedicine (sometimes referred ‘telehealth’) is the practice of digitally providing patients with medical care. In a world where progress is driven more and more by a desire for convenience, telemedicine is a key technology shaping the future of healthcare.
By utilizing technology, healthcare professionals can respond to patients’ healthcare needs efficiently, much as would occur during an in-person encounter. Today, telemedicine is used as a standard practice around the world because of the advantages it brings to individuals with busy schedules or who are in remote areas.
One of the advantages of this advanced service can be seen through the immediate access for individuals, families, businesses and professionals. Care is brought directly to the patient, whether they are at home, in a hotel on a boat or in an aircraft - conceivably anywhere in the world.
The advancement of technology has been beneficial to the rise of telemedicine. Wearable technologies have allowed patients interested in their personal wellness or who suffer from chronic illnesses to wear monitors that their physicians can track daily. Doctors can view consolidated data and can be alerted of any abnormal vital signs or unusual activity patterns such as poor sleep, lack of physical activity or decreased fluid intake.
Some patients and clinicians are hesitant to use this new technology and prefer traveling to visit a doctor in a physician-patient clinic-based evaluation. Additionally, some telemedicine providers may have limited set hours. Patronus encourages both telemedicine engagements and in-person visits. Importantly, Patronus Medical physicians are available globally 24/7/365 on your schedule.
Despite these perceived disadvantages, telemedicine continues to gain acceptance with doctors and clients rapidly. The growth in the telemedicine market has been extraordinary over the past decade and is predicted to reach soon over $18 Billion. Many experts in the field, including Dr. Jay Sanders, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and who some refer to as the “Father of Telemedicine,” argue that we will soon be able to drop the “tele” in front of “medicine” because the practice will be so widespread that it will be considered a normal and accepted part of our usual standard of care in medical practice.