Top 5 trends in telemedicine

Top 5 trends in telemedicine

2016 is here, which means another year of advancements in technology all over the world. For physicians and other medical and health care professionals, it’s best to look ahead at what’s in store for the medical world.

The future of health information technology is now. Telemedicine technologies are quickly evolving, promising greater care and patient access while hoping to bend the curve of healthcare cost across the nation.

“Telemedicine has evolved dramatically over the past few years, and providers have come to realize the profound ways in which it can improve care,” Steve McGraw, CEO of REACH Health said in a press conference. “With this evolution has also come the increasing sophistication of telemedicine practitioners. Doctors, nurses and administrators now desire easier integration, clinical adaptability and configurability, support for multiple specialties on a single comprehensive platform, and robust data collection and analytics.”

Reach Health, one of the leading providers of telemedicine solutions, recently noted five health information technologies to be aware of in 2016 that will promise extreme benefits for both the health care provider and the patients. Let’s take a closer look at the top five trends.

1.Software platforms are on the rise
The advancement of the service platform provides the health care professional with more accessibility, versatility and convenience throughout the day. This solution will support multiple service lines and a variety of delivery models on one platform.

2. Built-in EMR Integration
Telemedicine networks usually provide different EMR systems, and it’s important that patient information can flow freely across the board. This advancement lets the information spread throughout the healthcare facility by integrating the EMR systems.

3. Retirement of Proprietary Hardware and Networks
The future of health care demands more flexibility and affordability. In the early generation of telemedicine, proprietary hardware and networks were standard. Newer, effective telemedicine programs are powered by PC components, low-cost cameras and networking standards like WebRTC. These advanced products allow health care providers the most appropriate necessity to help them succeed, such as a Pc, mobile device or iPad, equipped with the most efficient applications.

4. Better Clinical Applications
Telemedicine solutions are becoming more adaptable to both the physician and the patient. By providing an easier, more efficient way for medical information to be displayed and used, the advancement in telemedicine will make it easier to support both doctors’ and patients’ bedside preferences.

5. Awareness of Data Analytics
Successful programs requires frequent management. Awareness of usage, financial data, individual consultations with patients and health care providers all play a role in managing data analytics. The new way of telemedicine makes it easier to organize, but it still needs maintenance in order to show success.