Telecardiology is a modern practice that allows specialists to remotely interpret electrocardiographic recordings. This practice shows potential to change the current primary care setting completely by slowly closing the gap between primary and secondary care while also allowing primary care practitioners to increase their knowledge.
Aside from being a more comfortable way to care and to manage a patient’s cardiac cycle, this will help reduce the amount of missed cardiac events. It also improves the diagnosis given to patients. This will cut down the time between a patient’s hospital admission and angioplasty, preventing further muscle damage.
How Telecardiology Works
The user takes a 12-lead ECG using a handheld ECG device or any other of the specialized devices (also shown in the form of a watch). It later transmits the ECG image into sound form via telephone transmission, then, the receiver; which would be the telecardiology facility, will convert this data back to an image shown on screen. A specialist will interpret this information and then an oral report is sent back to the patient in a timely manner, while a written report is emailed to the patient’s online portal.
It’s the ability to keep a personalized online database that allows for better monitoring of the patient’s cardiac cycle since it allows future comparison and enables the Cardiologists to forecast any future cardiac arrests.
Benefits to Telecardiology
Empowering primary care practitioners with new knowledge is necessary in order to close the gap between primary and secondary care. Telecardiology has proven to be a solution to reduce the number of unnecessary referrals to secondary care. It will also assess chest pain, therefore, reducing costs.
Telecardiology reduces door-to-balloon time by allowing a timely diagnosis of STEMI prior to hospitalization, time equals muscle, therefore, reduction of door-to-balloon time decreases patient mortality.
Telecardiology devices are small and are sometimes operated by just one button. It’s a user-friendly approach in managing heart disease that benefits healthcare providers and helps patients feel more comfortable with the process. Telecardiology saves lives, time, and money.
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