Nothing stands still in this universe of ours. As new technologies are constantly developed, other industries adapt accordingly so that they can put these unprecedented technological capabilities to good use. This certainly rings true for healthcare, and so it should, because there is nothing more important to humankind than our health.
Recent technological breakthroughs have created the new concept of ‘virtual healthcare’, whereby patients and doctors no longer need to meet face to face. With hologram house calls, a physician can beam a life-sized hologram of themselves directly into a patient’s home, almost as if they were actually standing next to the patient. This is particularly beneficial for patients living in remote areas whose access to healthcare facilities could be very limited. Another fantastic method of virtual healthcare is the Virtual Doctor App, which allows patients to enter details about themselves and their symptoms so that the app will diagnose the problem and recommend a series of remedies.
Concepts such as these have the potential to save the healthcare industry millions of dollars, as well as freeing up physicians’ working hours. Patients receive quicker diagnosis and treatment, increasing the likelihood of them being restored to full health sooner rather than later, while physicians can administer treatments far quicker and attend to more patients, thus reducing the considerable demands placed on them. However, some healthcare professionals have yet to be convinced by the virtual healthcare revolution, citing concerns over the costs of implementation, specifics of reimbursement and security of patients’ data.
To discover more about the concept of virtual healthcare, check out the infographic below from Home Healthcare Adaptations (http://www.home-healthcare-adaptations.ie/).