Telemedicine: Translating Treatment Through Telecommunications
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The rise of the internet and the increasing accessibility to high-speed data transfer and communications has had an incalculable impact on many aspects of everyday life. From altering the trajectory of entire industries to making a permanent home in the private lives of individuals, the importance of high-quality internet connectivity has become a necessity in the workplace and in the home. One industry in which this private and public overlap is critical is the advent of telemedicine.
Telemedicine has the potential to become a great tool in the healthcare industry and has already provided many benefits, such as more convenient and accessible patient care, care to those in remote areas and offering disaster management support. As technology improves, remote treatment and diagnoses becomes more feasible as a common medical practice. However, there are still hurdles to overcome in translating medical practices to a digital medium. For telemedicine practices to be fully effective, practitioners must have access to reliable and robust high-speed broadband services.
Upholding a Standard of Care
There has been much debate on the quality of remote medical consultation and treatment as compared to an in-person visit. While telemedicine can take place within the comfort and convenience of your own home, digital communication can reduce the range and depth of interaction between a doctor and patient. These difficulties can be exacerbated by a low-quality connection, resulting in poor image quality, stuttering or lagging video conferencing and other impediments in communicating information in real time. As telemedicine technologies have evolved, it is no longer enough to simply be able to “capture and share” patient information. The true benefit of a telemedicine session is the ability to accurately deliver real-time patient information between the patient and the practitioner. That real-time communication requires a strong backbone in the form of reliable connectivity.