The pandemic made us understand the technology of telemedicine should not be used to only treat patients remotely by keeping everyone safe from contracting COVID-19 but to also provide people in isolated, rural areas with top-tier health services. Since premature coronary artery disease deaths remain higher in rural areas of the United States, the use of telemedicine and technology is important.
People in isolated communities will usually travel a long distance to access their provider. In the same train of thought, not everyone can travel to hospitals periodically. There is a large group of patients with mobility issues, as well as immunodeficiencies that limit them to be out and about without compromising their health. But what if health services could come to them? With telehealth, it’s possible and easy.
How is Telehealth Different From Face-to-face Care?
Besides understanding the remote factor in telehealth, it is different from face-to-face care in several ways. Remote care makes it more accessible in isolated rural areas – people with mobility issues, immunodeficiencies and other underlying health issues.
Face-to-face care can be more expensive in more than one way. If you live in a rural community, it can take you up to 2-4 hours to reach the nearest hospital by car. Once you get to the hospital, physicians are going to examine and understand what is happening and within a few hours, you may have a diagnosis.
In the same scenario, if you have a heart condition and you arrive at the hospital because of an emergency or just a routine check-up, you can lose valuable time trying to get a diagnosis. We understand that time is crucial in any health-related setting and for cardiology, in just minutes arteries can be damaged and muscles can be affected if not taken under the proper care.
Telehealth comes in handy for physicians to monitor their patient’s chronic conditions by putting to use the extensive and personalized databases that are created with each patient. Telehealth is not a substitute for face-to-face care. It is an advancement to healthcare by giving physicians and first responders access to valuable patient information in a timely manner.
Face-to-face care remains important and because of its importance, we need to regulate it in a better manner. When we manage and regulate face-to-face care, physicians will be able to offer better care in emergencies and conditions that often can’t be treated remotely.
How Do We Reach Everyone?
We specialize in providing solutions and access to the world’s top medical specialists. We can deliver greater results to patients while expediting their recovery or by simply helping them understand their health journey. With all the tools necessary for them, patients will be able to take control of their health and make better-informed decisions for them.
We believe that by creating a sustainable healthcare system we need to be inclusive and provide our services regardless of where you are located. That’s the foundation of our mission, to close gaps and change the future of medicine, forever.
Being able to connect bytheway of the internet, even in rural areas, is a resource that all should take advantage of. We understand the importance of accurate remote patient diagnosis and the power it has when reducing the difficulties physicians face when caring for people that live far away or that have transportation or mobility issues.
Our network of board-certified physicians interpret different kinds of studies for telecardiology, which makes us a perfect option when dealing with related heart issues.
What is Telecardiology and Why Does it Matter?
Simply put, telecardiology is one of the many forms of telehealth, it’s the remote diagnosis and treatment of heart disorders. Patient information is then stored in an online database to keep track of the patient’s chart and prevent any dangerous scenarios.
With telecardiology you will keep track of your symptoms, you will know where you are standing in regards to your health and our team of board-certified physicians will be able to provide you with a comprehensive interpretation of your tests within just a couple of hours and in the comfort of your own home. Results will be explained to patients in a way where physicians and patients can come to an understanding and better face the next step.
How Does Telecardiology Work?
There are different tools to monitor and test the heart. With our network of specialists, we interpret those tests to provide rural hospitals and patients with accurate solutions and care.
One of the many tests that we interpret is echocardiogram; this test converts sound waves into images of your heart. Nowadays, imaging platforms have become easily accessible and widely available, which makes it easier to deliver and optimize cardiovascular healthcare. There is an extensive variety of imaging devices that help physicians visualize the heart’s activities in real-time and get to a diagnosis in half the time and with half the resources.
We also interpret computed tomography angiographies (CTA) which help diagnose blood vessel function and serve physicians to determine if any artery walls contain plaque (cholesterol build-up). All of this can be done through a smartphone, taking the tests, sending them to a physician, and having the results sent back to you. Imagine all the time that will be saved and the daily peace one will get by knowing that whatever the condition one is suffering from will be under the best care.
If you want to partner and improve your telehealth services, reach out to us today! Schedule a free consultation and we will help solve any further questions you may have. Remember that here at Specialist Direct, your practice matters.