We’ve all felt the cruel onset of a sudden cold, prompting a reactionary entry into the most cozy blanket available. While most common colds can be healed by lots of sleep and a steady diet of chicken soup, some sicknesses are more persistent requiring a visit to the doctors office. Meaning, a reluctant exit from the blanketed fortress that was once a bed.
It is unfortunate that sometimes to get better, many afflicted individuals need to will themselves into a car to drive to a clinic, be assaulted by unpleasant elements of dismal weather, and be exposed to more sick people. Luckily, this standard way of visiting a clinic may be offset by new interest in healthcare video technology.
That’s right, the cure to dreaded clinic visits may be closer than ever. Digital media is poised to slowly blur the borders between regular visits to the doctor’s’ office, by transmitting a personal medical practitioner right into patients’ homes.
Healthcare video conferencing is becoming one of the most efficient ways of communicating between medical personnel and patients. Many healthcare tech leaders are embracing the new advancements in healthcare video conferencing, and its potential to deliver on-site medical advice to clients and patients alike. A real resurgence may be felt in global interactive healthcare industry soon, as new peer-to-peer technologies spread across many healthcare practices.
To provide more available medical services, healthcare organizations realized the need to invest into developing IT technologies. It has been long time coming, but it would seem that the healthcare sector is finally investing money to modernize its technological infrastructure, to be on par with the interconnected interactive society it needs to serve.
This is great news, not only to investors with personal interest in profit, but also to future users of the digital healthcare facilities.
It makes sense for medical video conferencing to be more accepted, as more and more individuals are becoming interdependent on digital devices. And feel more trusting with online delivery systems. Having a channel to a personal medical practitioner or expert is especially beneficial if a potential patient is immobile or cannot seek medical help or opinion in person, due to scheduling conflicts or unforeseen circumstances. More open communication channels between healthcare providers will also benefit society. By interacting with digital doctors, patients around the world may be able to gain access to professional medical wisdom, and be diagnosed in the comfort of their of home.
There are barriers of course: financial and technological. It takes great collaborative effort to invest in infrastructure, that could potentially be connected to numerous different devices. Also, many countries do not have universal healthcare; therefore, accessing even a digital doctor may be a costly endeavor, since both doctor, and patient, need (a) device to communicate with each other. There may be big pricing differences too, depending on which devices are available in current markets.
A free digital global healthcare may be a distant cure of the future, but, in the meantime, medical video conferencing may bring some relief.
Author: Tomasz Juszkiewicz