The 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a serious acute respiratory infection which first emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has quickly spread across the world causing the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is spreading quickly and has influenced several people around the world. In this blog we’ll discuss about the benefits and limitation of the Telemedicine during the COVID-19 Outbreak.
Telemedicine services are one of the most successful ways to handle and monitor the pandemic of COVID-19. Given the high risk of person-to-person contact transmission of the disease, telemedicine can be useful in managing CoVID-19 by minimizing direct contact. One of the main applications of telemedicine uses is to follow up patients after a hospital discharge that can also be used for COVID-19 patients. Accordingly, it may minimize the patient-physician interaction which results to increased population surveillance.
Advantages of Telemedicine
Telemedicine offers many advantages. One of the biggest is that it allows you access to experts and knowledge that you may not readily have access to otherwise. You usually have a chance to ask questions and tell the doctor about your medical background during a telemedicine consultation. In revert the expert will then specifically ask you questions.
This system of telemedicine is better than having to transmit the information to doctor or nurse and then making them transmit the message. The specialist can listen your cough tone, or can look your eyes swollen. You can listen the diagnosis and treatment choices firsthand. Telemedicine is a daily health-care facility. In most situations, it should be billable to your health care insurance without any complications.
There are some limitations; the biggest one being a scarcity of endpoints inside hospitals to be able to implement telemedicine which means restricted access to the hardware.
Another problem is access to broadband – some hospitals are struggling to maintain a high-quality connection within their facilities and now we are considering possible new treatment areas, such as an outdoor tent.
Another limitation for hospitals may need to credential new doctors that are a field which is highly scrutinized by organizations like the Joint Commission. Although the process can be accelerated any addition of temporary personnel to have the appropriate credentials and licenses to provide patient care.
Reducing the burden
In reality, telemedicine is minimizing the burden or pressure on hospitals as they struggle with COVID-19 spread and the associated increased caseload. While some doctors are now need to devote time to telemedicine screening of patients while continuing care of other patients, they would do it anyway and, worse, they would do it in person.
It is worth noting that hospitals currently have varying capacity to deploy telemedicine, but those who can offer telehealth services to any degree are looking advantages. Even something as basic as using the online waiting room features keeps patients from piling up close to one another while they wait for their exams in person, so that’s all proving to be a great help in flattening the curve and alleviating the overall pressure on all hospitals.
Telehealth bridges the gap between individuals, doctors and health-care systems, enabling everyone, particularly symptomatic patients, to remain at home and interact with doctors via virtual networks, helping to minimize the spread of the virus to mass populations and the medical staff on the frontlines. Critically, hospitals swiftly embrace telehealth to treat quarantined patients infected with covid-19