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How Telehealth Supports Care for Immunocompromised Patients

Doctors and specialists who treat immunocompromised patients require more careful protocols. When a patient is immunocompromised, they have an impaired or weakened immune system. This means that their ability to fight infections and disease is reduced. Patients can be immunocompromised either before or after treatments, and depending on the cause, it may be a short-term situation or one that is lifelong. 

There are many causes that can lead to a patient being immunocompromised. Certain diseases and medical conditions can lead to immunocompromising the patient including diabetes, cancer, AIDS, malnutrition, and genetic disorders. Although the causes are not limited to ailments, certain treatments that are meant to help the patient can have adverse side effects. These treatments include radiation treatments, organ or stem cell transplants, anticancer prescriptions, and many more medications. However, the term often used when the condition is caused by treatment and medication is immunosuppressed. 

Specialists and primary physicians are required to take special care and procedures when treating immunocompromised patients. In extreme cases, such as the famous situation of David Vetter, famously known as “bubble boy”, who suffered from severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare genetic disorder, the patient may be required to live in a completely sterile environment and often have a very limited life expectancy. Though very rare, infants are still being born with SCID today and require very strict treatment procedures. Even in less serious cases, hospitals and clinics can be difficult places for immunocompromised patients to visit casually due to the risks of infection. 

Telehealth provides a unique way of conducting consultation and treatment for such patients as physical contact is not required. Telehealth is no longer limited to just remote consultations anymore. With the integration of medical and observation tools, and array of information used for treatment can be made quickly available. The limits of this technology have yet to be seen, particularly with the development of even remotely controlled surgical tools, even more invasive treatments for immunocompromised patients can become safer.

Global Telehealth Exchange (GTHE) is a state-of-the-art telehealth solution that encompasses many aspects of the healthcare journey. It is HIPAA-compliant, secure, and provides worldwide access to healthcare. With access to healthcare professionals globally, and the ability to securely share information, patients using GTHE will have no problems in getting the help they need from anywhere in the world. Meanwhile, healthcare providers have greater access to other specialties for referrals if the need arises. And, as many specialties require better or quicker communication channels, having easy access to full medical records, which in full control of the patient, can help healthcare providers to diagnose and advise treatment options more efficiently. General practitioners and specialists using GTHE can easily make referrals or share documentation when needed.

GTHE offers many benefits to healthcare providers including: 

With GTHE, healthcare providers can connect with their patients seamlessly and provide a better remote standard of care. If you want to expand your medical practice without investing in expensive software, visit the GTHE website and sign up now.

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