Remote technology has been one of the most exciting and useful developments in how care is delivered to patients in recent years.
It made it possible for ill patients to stay home rather than traveling constantly for testing/labs and it has had a huge impact on how providers are able to treat patients and collect data during the coronavirus pandemic.
The need to stay home and social distance is non-negotiable during times like this, where a virus has taken over the globe and is spread quickest through person-to-person interaction. Patients must stay home, away from large groups, and away from medical facilities whenever possible. For high-risk patients who depend on care from their physicians, remote technology has been a life-saving solution. More and more providers are turning to remote technology to combat the coronavirus.
Below are some of the most used tools by physicians during COVID-19.
Remote Technology Solutions:
1) Telehealth Visits:
Telehealth technology is being used by providers now more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. In order to free up beds for symptomatic patients and keep individuals out of medical facilities, providers are utilizing virtual telehealth visits. This digital solution allows patients to meet with their providers via any device setup for video/audio communication. Providers can tend to their non-urgent and high-risk patients while still keeping beds open for COVID-positive cases. Now is the best time to implement a telehealth solution as many of the restrictions and regulations on the use and reimbursement of telehealth services have been lifted due to the coronavirus.
2) Remote Patient Screening
Remote technology enables providers to screen patients prior to allowing them to enter the medical facility. This is incredibly valuable for providers looking to limit the number of symptomatic patients entering their facilities as well as screen high-risk patients during this time.
With remote technology, providers and their staff can determine what options are best for the patient, inform them to stay in their home, and tend to them remotely. This screening process is invaluable for stopping the spread of COVID-19.
3) Vitals Monitoring
One of the most valuable remote technology tools providers are turning to during the coronavirus is remote vitals monitoring. This enables providers to keep an eye on a patient’s vitals without them needing to leave their homes. Using remote technology, patient data is collected and uploaded directly into the patient’s chart. With these tools, providers can evaluate this data and work with the patient to monitor their health and treat them. This is a valuable tool during the pandemic but is also an incredible way to monitor patients once it is over.
4) Remote Dialysis
For dialysis patients who are high-risk and need to avoid coming into contact with the virus, but cannot avoid their dialysis care, remote technology offers an effective solution. With remote dialysis, patients and their loved ones can learn how to operate the machines and complete dialysis without needing to visit any dangerous medical facilities during the coronavirus. Once the pandemic has come to an end, patients who use remote dialysis gain more flexibility and independence in their life. They no longer need to spend valuable time constantly traveling to facilities to receive treatment.