It’s no secret video conferencing technology has been around for several years now
Specifically, within the past decade,video conferencing is emerging into Medicine and Healthcare. The goal is simple – streamlining the doctor/patient experience by providing technology that can break through communication barriers. Previous complications with reimbursement for the use of telemedicine is lessening as Medicare and Medicaid start to cover remote consultation, enabling video meetings to become mainstream. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center describes the landscape as “….moving like lightning. We’re able to do so much more than before,” and Global Industry Analysts have predicted over $2 billion in cloud videoconferencing by 2020.
With the market soaring and technology advancing, here are eight telemedicine technology trends to watch:
- Cloud technology – Let’s face it, hardware costs a lot of money and is an unnecessary expense when it comes to providing telehealth/telemedicine solutions. Data can easily be stored in the cloud and accessed securely, a move many hospitals have made to improve both workplace and doctor/patient experience. Several video technologies are emerging to integrate several video platforms into one experience hosted in the cloud, such as Acano.
- Patient experience – The everyday patient expects solutions that enable them to take control of their care. Vendors have developed the tools and technology to reach remote patients all while reducing costs, increased experience over quality video, and communicating with physicians efficiently. Both physician and patient are happier when travel is taken out of the equation for a quick check-in or follow-up regarding their health.
- Mobile technology - A reported 91% of adults own a cell phone, while 83.3% of U.S. households report computer ownership. Internet connections are faster, cameras are typically built-in as a standard, and healthcare applications for devices are among the top in downloads. With many people already plugged in and ready to monitor or manage their health, the demand for telemedicine is high.
- Remote workplace – Hospitals are more connected than ever, with doctors, nurses and staff collaborating in real-time. Video conferencing enables experts from anywhere in the world to conference in, no matter the time or device they are using. Easily solve problems and communicate quickly at a fraction of the cost it would take for in-person consultations or meetings.
- Social network – If you did a Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or Google+ search for anything health related, you would likely see billions of results. People share healthy recipes, ask for health or fitness advice, and count on family and friends to provide motivation. Social networks are helping people everywhere maintain healthier lifestyles all while integrating these decisions with other technologies, such as healthcare applications.
- Health & wellness routines – People seek advice, especially from their physicians, dieticians and wellness coaches. Telemedicine enables experts to easily and quickly communicate with patients to provide new diet and exercise routines to improve post-discharge care. Costs are cut and complications are reduced, providing a better overall experience.
- Privacy & Security – Medical networks are expected to be secured. Policies around storage and access of patient information can be managed in the cloud, reducing the risk of it becoming lost or stolen.
- Cost-effective operation – Day-to-day tasks and meetings become more efficient while increasing satisfaction for everyone. Video conferencing provides an affordable solution for medical staff and patients to easily collaborate, meet and share information. Operationally, it takes the burden off of hospital staff to need to be in multiple places when they can easily access video from any device.
Cloud Video Conferencing
Cloud video conferencing is a huge player in the telemedicine revolution. We’ll see more patient rooms, emergency medicine, remote pathology, remote psychology, remote treatment services, telepharmacy, remote dermatology, and so much more over video. Modern technology has enabled hospitals and patients alike to easily communicate and find solutions to reduce cost and travel while solving medical problems efficiently.
Are you considering telemedicine or telehealth technology solutions? As an independent provider of video technology, Pinnaca partners with the world’s leading video conferencing manufacturers to create solutions customized for your health care business. We work with you to learn your needs and understand your operations to create the best experience for your staff and patients. Contact us today to learn more.