Making a Difference
Immedicare’s telemedicine services are making a difference across a growing range of clinical applications. Increasingly integrated with hospitals’ on-going operations, specialist departments, home health agencies and private physician offices, its use is spreading rapidly.
As an approach, telemedicine – interactive healthcare utilising visual collaboration technologies – adds value wherever there is no absolute requirement for a clinician and patient to be physically in the same room. It is being used in many clinical areas, including dermatology, ophthalmology, mental health, cardiology and pathology, to name but a few.
Immedicare’s specialist visual collaboration technologies enable the effective delivery of staff training, and the assessment of performance in certain areas of clinical practice, without the need for the trainer or trainee to travel. The same tools can be used to promote the sharing of professional healthcare knowledge – by connecting clinical specialists in distant geographic locations, for instance.
Wide Ranging Technologies
Telemedicine solutions can be invaluable when a specialist is assisting the primary care physician in rendering a diagnosis – their physical presence may not be necessary. Equally, high quality and secure video links can revolutionise the provision of patient consultations by primary care or allied health professionals.
Immedicare’s services include a range of telemedicine technologies – live ‘face to face’ meetings, consultations and training can be held; diagnostic images can be transmitted in real time; vital signs and/or video clips can be monitored and shared remotely, and patient data can be captured for subsequent review.
Specific Medical Applications
Immedicare’s telemedicine solutions support the following specific medical applications:
- Burns: providing instant access to a burns specialist to help avoid inappropriate admissions from local hospitals to specialist burns units
- Cardiology: cardiologists can swiftly determine treatment and courses of action by conferring with patients, other specialists and GPs
- Dentistry: periodontists, oral surgeons and dentists can easily confer, review treatments and determine courses of action
- Dermatology: dermatology specialists can meet and diagnose remote patients from a central location, raising service efficiency and speeding effective treatment
- Epidemiology: telemedicine streamlines the studying of samples, collection and analysis of data, identification of risk factors, and formulation of effective clinical treatments
- ED: facilities can be made ready and ED specialist advice sought
- Mental Health: telepsychiatry extends qualified mental health professionals’ reach and improves patient care, with shorter waiting times and more efficient assessment and treatment
- Palliative Care: provide a support network between the patient, palliative care team and/or local GP
- Radiology and Pathology: faster, more effective diagnosis results from easier collaboration between departments and hospitals
- Prescription Counselling: telemedicine enables patients to be connected with doctors and pharmacists, so together they can review medication, discuss progress and update courses of action
- Stroke: critical-care neurologists and other specialists can ‘attend’ stroke patients’ bedsides within 15 minutes, to optimise assessment and treatment
- School/home Healthcare: using telemedicine, patients in school medical facilities or at home can be connected to medical teams, advancing the assessment and treatment process
- Surgical Applications: any surgical event can be harnessed as an interactive learning opportunity for doctors, interns and students
- Triage: first responders can visually communicate patient status and needs to the ED