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Telehealth and Providing Care with Stationary Telehealth Stations

There is no doubt now that telehealth usage is on the rise and its potential to greatly increase access to healthcare has been well documented. Many hospitals and physicians around the world are looking at it as a particularly effective medium of providing non-emergency care. The remote aspect of providing care has provided many boons from efficiency of seeking a doctor, minimizing physical waiting times for an appointment, to allow hospitals or clinics to reduce overcrowding, particularly during the pandemic. However, even telehealth has its limitations to access, and a major one is the need for fast and stable connectivity.

The quality of telehealth consultations relies on the need for good internet connectivity and access to feature rich devices. This is still a hurdle in many areas of the world and for those who are struggling economically. This problem is not just in countries with weaker economic and social infrastructure. Even in the United States of America itself, New York has reported that there is a lack of internet access in as many as 46% of low-income homes. Considering this, there has been development of solutions to tackle this issue to provide access to telehealth for these populations.

This is where stationary telehealth stations come in. A stationary telehealth station acts as a permanent access point, preferably a private unit or room that provides internet access, audio, and video capabilities. In other words, a public telehealth environment. The cameras, proper lighting, and audio communication would allow physicians to properly assess the patient remotely, and depending on the quality and field of view, may even be better than personal devices. These stations can be placed in communal areas and community centers to provide access to healthcare to those who may otherwise be unable to afford the required mobile terminals. 

Being a public use station, security is of the upmost importance. The telehealth solution used in conjunction with such a station should be able to ensure that the patient’s personal and medical information is protected. Global Telehealth Exchange (GTHE) is a state-of-the-art telehealth solution that encompasses many aspects of the healthcare journey and can be possibly used as the network to conduct consultations from stationary telehealth stations. 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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