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How Telehealth Supports Emergency Medicine

The specialty of emergency medicine is focused on immediate medical attention for the treatment of injuries and illnesses for any patient, in any given situation. It is a speciality that requires agility and at times a wide array of knowledge to deal with various types of situations. The number of emergency departments visits has been steadily growing over the last thirty years, according to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, and this growth has been leading to overcrowding or delays for patients that require emergency care. Many doctors and hospitals are looking to, and have used telehealth and telemedicine solutions to try to tackle this issue.

The versatility and efficiency of telehealth and telemedicine can be a positive boon to the speciality. From emergency treatment to just dissemination of important medical information, telemedicine has the capability to assist in emergency medicine. One of the first uses of telehealth in emergency medicine, that is growing in use, is for preliminary screenings. A telehealth screening prior to an emergency department visits can have multiple benefits. These screenings can help to ensure whether a patient in fact needs to visit the emergency department or if they would be better served by going straight to a different specialty department. At the same time, symptoms and the patient’s situation can be relayed to allow for prior preparation to receive the patient. Another great benefit that stems from the preparedness a screening provides is triage assistance, where a situation comes up when patients need to be addressed by severity.

Even today, unfortunately, access to quality healthcare is not yet universal. Many patients and physicians in remote regions can use telehealth services to connect to larger institutions or specialists in areas with more physicians. Telehealth for emergency care is not just important for remote areas but it can also be used to provide help during disaster relief, where there is the likelihood that patients must be treated by first responders and volunteers. The versatility of telehealth works hand-in-hand with the merits of emergency medicine.

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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