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How Telehealth Supports Epidemiology

Not all medical specialties deal with patients directly. Epidemiology deals with medicine and healthcare on a large scale, often population wide. Epidemiologists specialize in analyzing the patterns, distribution, incidence rates, and determinants of health and disease. Their work is often central to the shaping of healthcare policies and the dispensing of information regarding healthcare worldwide. 

Public health issues that epidemiologists study are not just purely medical but can also include an array of situations that can affect public health. Some of the larger activities that they concern themselves with are environmental exposures, infectious disease (consider the current COVID-19 pandemic), injuries (which can be used to identify surges of violence or safety in an area), non-infectious diseases (which may be a determinant of environmental hazards), natural disasters (and the detrimental aftereffects on health such as were seen after disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami, the Haiti earthquake in 2010,  and so many more), and even terrorism (such as the Anthrax release in 2001). 

Epidemiologists are often involved in studying and advising in all the mentioned activities, and as such they often have to communicate with many other types of specialists. On top of teleconsultations between patients and physicians, telehealth provides solutions for quick and efficient communication between healthcare professionals. Telehealth makes it so it does not matter whether they are within the same hospital or out in the field. Telehealth solutions are also able to allow physicians to more easily group patients, and even other physicians, to more efficiently disseminate information to those who need it quickly. In many cases, the speed that accurate information travels may stem the tide of an epidemic spreading out from a localized source. 

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 with the permission 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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