Telemedicine explained in a few points
As a component of " e-health", telemedicine has witnessed significant global development during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially during periods of lockdown.
The 5 actions that can be performed in telemedicine are:
- teleconsultations : remote consultations with a doctor - Synchronized medical procedure allowing for dialogue with the patient and a prescription when necessary;
- tele-expertise : Remote opinion exchanges between Health Professionals (HP);
- remote observation : remote interpretation by an HP of necessary data for medical monitoring of a patient ;
- remote support : remote assistance of an HP by another HP who performs a medical act ;
- and medical regulation : medical response by an HP to calls to emergency services.
The telemedicine immediately showed - in both northern and southern countries - the interest it could spark :
- Lower the pressure felt within public hospitals and private clinics ;
- Allow doctors to continue to carry out their activity through teleconsultation ;
- Encourage the activity of young practitioners , generalists as well as specialists, who are turning away from private practice in greater numbers.
The benefits of telemedicine are also evident in rural areas where the use of new information and communication technologies (ICT) facilitates access to healthcare for all.
Telemedicine thus helps fight against medical desertification by shortening the distances in these sparsely populated, remote and difficult-to-access areas. By complementing the existing healthcare structures and networks that it will help to densify, telemedicine can particularly help improve the quality of medical services provided in Africa .
Teleconsultation also allows better management of health costs by reducing the expense of patient transfers that are no longer needed, unnecessary visits to the emergency room, etc.
The rise of telemonitoring will greatly contribute to controlling these costs, particularly for patients suffering from chronic diseases requiring regular monitoring, or even by making it possible to keep dependent people at home thanks to the implementation of connected objects.
The health episode that we are experiencing has imposed the definition of a regulatory framework in most countries, the primary interest remaining that of the Patient.
With the use of new technological tools, we must therefore ensure both the quality of the care provided and the protection of medical confidentiality , elements to which we are very attached and attentive within C3Medical.