Telemedicine is a novel way to provide healthcare and medical services, which combines telecommunications, computer science and medicine. By using innovative technology we can provide instant communication between patient and doctor or a doctor and a second doctor in order to prevent diseases and illnesses, to maintain in good health and monitoring of health care. Telemedicine allows you to send images in excellent quality, to have videoconsultations, but what is important – to make the diagnosis from anywhere in the world.
It is really interesting how telemedicine is developing on the western side of the ocean and as accurately as it is possible we implement these proven solutions in the Polish market. Studies show that e-visit is much shorter, reduce queues at medical facilities,that is why doctors can handle a larger number of patients. The youngest patients from the state of Montana are already using telemedicine. The distance from the town of Billings to the nearest specialist neurologist is over 800km. What is more, in the state of Arkansas women after childbirth can count on remote consultations with family doctors, pediatricians, obstetricians or neonatologami. In America, an interesting solution is also medical kiosks. People walking through the shopping centres can measure their pulse, temperature, blood pressure, but also remotely auscultate the heart, lungs, examine the skin and do ENT research . It’s definitely a matter of time until a similar solution will appear also in Poland. (1)
“Research of the American telemedicine market conducted by Ernst & Young (E & Y) among doctors,showed:
Telemedicine can improve the quality and comfort of doctors work. One-third of surveyed doctors said that they must make decisions based on incomplete information. They believe that access to documentation via mobile devices will be able to assist them in making good decisions, because they will have access to more accurate data in real time.
Forty percent of surveyed doctors confirmed that telemedicine eliminates between 11% to 30% of visits in clinics thanks to mobile technologies, such as remote health monitoring, e-mail or SMS with patients. This is important in relation to the expected lack of a sufficient number of doctors which will happen in 20 years. “(2)
According to GUS research ,the Polish society is aging. Unfortunately, this process will not stop, on the contrary, it going to be worse. There will be more seniors than young people. Therefore, the medical market is becoming attractive in financial terms for pharmacists, medical facilities and specialists.
It should be emphasized that the health awareness of Poles from year to year is growing, but it is still not satisfactory. We can notice it in smaller towns and villages, where inhabitants do not perform regular checkups due to the large distance from medical facilities. In the case of some diseases, only early detection is the guarantee of complete recovery. MedGo may have a significant role in this process and offered by us MedGo Cardio Monitor, Telerehabilitation, Care and the Cloud will support medical facilities, where there is no cardiologist.
We realize that work on the computerization in the health sector brings out a lot of unknowns. There is a need for specific and detailed solutions. That is why we offer for medical facilities innovative products in the field of telemedicine, which can become a form of addendum service offered in doctors’ offices. Also, it will bring real profits to health centres and family doctors.
2.Team of experts from the National Chamber of Commerce and Chamber of Commerce Medicine Poland. Considerations for the Development of Telemedicine in Poland. Needs, barriers, benefits, market analysis, recommendations.
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