PrognoCIS HIPAA compliant Telemedicine includes secure mobile applications and integrates telemedicine capabilities directly into PrognoCIS EHR. It is designed to extend the functions and connectivity of PrognoCIS EHR software using integrated virtual care mobile applications. Text, email and video work together to make patient engagement only a click away, providing the most convenient working conditions to see more patients at lower costs.
Telemedicine refers to use of two-way, real-time interactive electronic communications and software to deliver "clinical services" to patients by healthcare providers at a distant site, supported by secure audio and video connections and integrated medical devices and is frequently used for follow-up visits, management of chronic conditions, medication management, specialist consultation and a host of other clinical services.
Technologies used include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.
Telehealth is the use of telecommunications and digital communication technologies to facilitate the delivery of long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. The scope of remote services included under telehealth is much wider than that included under telemedicine. For example, telehealth can refer to remote non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, in addition to clinical services.
Telehealth has benefits that patients can easily appreciate. These include:
These benefits individually and as a whole make telemedicine great patient satisfier. No wonder patient demand for these services is fast gaining traction.
Providers also stand to gain when they incorporate telemedicine modalities into their practice. These benefits include:
he American Telemedicine Association (ATA), among many organizations and individuals, considers the words “telehealth” and “telemedicine” synonymous. However, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services note a distinction between these two terms.
HRSA considers telehealth to have a broader scope than telemedicine. While “telemedicine refers specifically to remote clinical services”, such as the transmission of radiologic images or a consultation between clinicians, "telehealth includes remote non-clinical services” such as provider training and continuing medical education, as well as “direct, electronic patient-to-provider interactions” through the use of devices “that collect and transmit health information to help monitor or manage chronic conditions”.
Awareness and adoption of both telemedicine and telehealth has been steadily increasing in recent years. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2015 that more than 15 million Americans received medical care remotely that year. This view is supported by a 2017 Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey conducted by the Advisory Board which showed that “up to 77% of respondents would consider seeing a provider virtually, and 19% already have.”
The Health IT Playbook describes four telehealth modes:
While telemedicine services do not need to be integrated into an EHR, doing so leverages the patient’s clinical information already in the EHR to support and improve continuity of care.
In an integrated system, providers are able to give better quality care when they have access to a more comprehensive picture of the patient’s health and medical conditions beyond a single visit. This may include laboratory and imaging results over a period of time as well as progress from other clinicians, among others.
The American Medical Association has an online module called Steps Forward: Adopting Telemdedicine in Practice, which walks Providers and practices through the process of evaluating and preparing to launch a telemedicine/telehealth service.
Additionally, the Telehealth Resource Center has comprehensive information for organizations and individuals who are actively providing or interested in providing health care at a distance.
According to a recent report, the top 15 physician specialties that are most engaged with telemedicine are:
3. Internal medicine
5. Family medicine
8. Emergency medicine
10. Allergy and immunology
12. Infectious disease
14. Pediatric pulmonology
15. Occupational medicine