11 Telemedicine Tools Transforming Healthcare
March 23, 2012 08:00 AM We haven't figured out how to teleport patients into medical offices. But telemedicine technologies link patients and clinicians in ways Ray Bradbury would admire.
It's important to improve patients' engagement in their own care to achieve better outcomes. Telehealth tools can help, including those that deliver educational and other important information to patients, whether they're at home or in a clinical setting like a medical waiting area.
GetWellNetwork recently announced its interactive patient care and educational resources are available on the iPad. Previously, the GetWellTown offerings--which include a comprehensive library of pediatric education videos from KidsHealth, were available mainly to hospitalized patients.
Now with the GetWellNetwork iPad offering, interactive patient care and educational resources are accessible to outpatients and families in a variety of care settings. For example, Children's of Alabama is using the iPad offering to let patients and families access medical treatment videos and information in specialty clinics, emergency rooms, outpatient areas, and neonatal intensive care units.
Meanwhile, the vendor's Getwell@Home product provides hospitals with a digital platform to engage patients from home using mobile devices, the Web, and cable TV after they've been discharged from the hospital and are recovering. That enables patients to remotely review discharge instructions, care plans, and information about their medications.