Biomedical Devices and Telemedicine are Revolutionizing Healthcare
From integrated, high-speed electronic circuits to new body-worn health-monitoring devices, to antennas that bend with the shape of the body, to robot surgeons, to wireless earbuds that send brainwave data to a smartphone, the age of telemedicine and pioneering biomedical devices is growing strong.
Telemedicine Improves Access to Health Care
Telemedicine, the delivery of clinical health care from a distance, has taken the world by storm, made possible by advanced information technologies and the advent of mobile communications. Overcoming geographic distance barriers and human physical limitations, telemedicine (or telehealth) has vastly improved access to medical services and is saving lives in emergency and critical-care situations. With the transmission of health data and medical information via the Internet, combined with effortless long-distance communications between patients and health-care providers, professional collaboration and medical care have been enhanced on a global level.
Digital Biomarkers are Revolutionizing Healthcare
Rock Health, the first venture fund dedicated to digital health, has catapulted digital biomarkers into the headlines, detailing the worthiness of digital biomarkers as well as the challenges they pose in health-care management.
In the new millennium, health innovation and groundbreaking technology have introduced the concepts of telemedicine, telehealth, e-health, and remote health care wherein where medical services (including doctor consultations, diagnoses, and treatments) are delivered via the Internet. Modern medicine has also accelerated the development of biomarkers through tools known as medical wearables or connected medical devices. These digital health-care solutions also coincide with the advent of increasingly personalized medicine where patients play a greater role in managing their own health care, including paying out of pocket, and where health care is increasingly tailored to meet individual needs.
Online Medical Consults are Replacing Doctors’ Visits
Online medical consultations are spreading fast, delivering effective health care with comparable standard care outcomes and a high level of patient satisfaction. According to a study published in Health Affairs, 98 percent of those surveyed said they would recommend online doctor services to others. Also known as virtual visits, telemedicine, telehealth, and remote health care, online medical consults are replacing office visits, trips to the ER, urgent care services, and retail clinics.
Telemedicine Brings Healthcare into the 21st Century
A new era has dawned in the realm of health care: the age of telemedicine. With studies showing treatment outcomes comparable to standard-care paradigms and a high degree of patient satisfaction, telemedicine (also known as telehealth) provides online medical consultations, online diagnosis and treatment, remote monitoring of chronic patients and the elderly, access to health services from anywhere at any time, electronic prescriptions, financial savings, time savings, and other advantages.
The foundations driving this latest health-care delivery model are technological innovation, the ubiquity of mobile devices, increasing patient demand for services at a click, and the changing face of health care as it shifts from fee-for-service plans to a patient-centered, value-based reimbursement paradigm.