Telehealth : Overcoming the Obstacle of Geography

Telehealth is an emerging method of medical care that takes advantage of technological developments in communication among providers and between providers and patients. Smart-phone based telemedicine technology allows for tumor board meetings, treatment planning meetings, medication management, genetic counseling, and more to take place digitally.

Telehealth’s overall purpose is to enhance patient care and physician accessibility by using technology to overcome the obstacle of geography.

The Advisory Board takes on telehealth in the article called, “Is your cancer program maximizing use of telehealth to improve patient care?” where authors Deidre Saulet and Soleil Shah discuss and analyze results from a survey in which more than 200 cancer programs reported their uses for telehealth.

1/3 of cancer programs that participated in the survey expressed their usage of the genetic counseling service through telehealth, making it the most popular service used by patients. On the other hand, the most prominent application utilized to help providers communicate with each other in the work setting is tumor boards, with 47% of providers reporting usage. The efficiency of digital communication is key and the benefits of telehealth are widespread, “Using it [telehealth] to deliver services and monitor patients can help cancer programs improve patient access, decrease health care costs, and increase provider- and practice-level operational efficiencies.”

Recent statistic: 1/3 of cancer programs utilize telehealth.

Cloud-based Image Management Solutions

In order for these benefits to become a reality for providers and patients, it is essential that both the physicians offering telehealth services and the patients receiving care can seamlessly access medical data and images. This is where cloud-based image-management solutions can come into play. Cloud software can help physicians provide care from any location with mobile capabilities and anytime, anywhere access. Recently, Ambra’s image management software was installed in a mobile mammography van unit through a combined effort with Mitsubishi Healthcare in Japan. The partnership allows instant routing of mammography images through the web to Sagara Hospital, reaching more women in the community and speeding up time-to-care delivery.

To learn more about how image-enablement and streamlining through cloud services can benefit telehealth and telemedicine, check out the case study below.

Mobile Mammography Vans powered by Ambra Health and MC Healthcare in Japan Deliver Expert Care in Seconds

Eve Rothenberg

About Eve Rothenberg

Eve Rothenberg has strong interests in healthcare marketing and public health. She was able to explore the field as Ambra’s Summer Marketing Intern. Working towards a major in Anthropology/Sociology and a minor in Healthcare and Society at Lafayette College, Eve is excited to see how further developments in Health IT will affect the patient experience.

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