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How Telehealth Supports Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology (GI) specialists provide consultation and treatment for gastrointestinal conditions as well as liver issues. Because the focus of this specialty is so varied it can be rather complicated to find the underlying causes of disorders that affect the digestive system. GI specialist has to treat conditions, such as simple acid reflux to more advanced treatments that could require gastroscopies or colonoscopies. Many gastrointestinal conditions are common ailments or symptoms, and some require frequent checkups. Telehealth provides an effective way for gastroenterologists to not only easily check in with patients, but connect with doctors from other specialties as well.

One of the most common gastrointestinal conditions prevalent worldwide is Gastroenteritis (Stomach Flu), both viral and bacterial. Gastroenteritis attacks your digestive system, specifically your intestines. It can be an incredibly uncomfortable infection with symptoms that can last up to 10 days, even with treatment. These symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, muscle aches, headache, and fever. It can sometimes be difficult to gauge whether the infection is viral or bacterial due to the symptoms for both being so similar.

Treatments for gastroenteritis can include, the patient needs plenty of fluids, oral rehydration drinks, medications, parasite killing drugs in the case of parasitic infection, and antibiotics for bacterial infections. Telehealth can help doctors assess if a patient may require a different treatment for more severe cases, such as having to go to the hospital for intravenous fluids.

The diagnosis methods for gastroenteritis can include a simple examination, blood tests, stool tests, and medical history. Because gastroenteritis is such a widespread ailment, telehealth can help to diagnose many people in remote regions without access to hospitals. Global Telehealth Exchange (GTHE) is a secure solution that can assist in diagnosing gastroenteritis. Even with a lack of local gastroenterologists, this data can be sent securely, within HIPAA compliance, through GTHE to specialists worldwide. Having all this information in one place can help healthcare providers to more efficiently diagnose and advise treatment options.

GTHE functions will assist the healthcare provider in treating gastroenteritis by allowing them to digitally prescribe medications and to easily check in on their patients’ wellbeing utilizing “How Are You Feeling Today” (HAYFT) Care.Card. HAYFT Care.Card is a comprehensive feedback tool that allows you to stay in touch and build a relationship with your patients. Healthcare providers can create Care.Groups that allow you to easily organize your patients into groups according to your custom configurations such as by severity, conditions, level of risk, and location.

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’d like access to global patients and expand your medical practice without investing in expensive software, visit the GTHE website and sign up now.

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