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Telehealth Supporting Specialties: Nephrology

Telehealth has grown to be accepted during social distancing efforts to keep patients and physicians safe, but people have started to notice that it will continue to be an efficient mode of care. Nephrologists have to treat an array of medical concerns that affect the kidney, from sudden on set symptoms to long term care of kidney function. Telemedicine has many uses by nephrologists including ambulatory services. Hypertension and diabetes are some leading causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD), the most common disease treated by nephrologists. Ambulatory telemedicine such as remote monitoring systems for self-care can help alert patients to changes in their health while providing real-time information to their nephrologists.

Many patients who require dialysis often find it difficult to travel far or for very long. Telehealth can help to reduce the burden they would have to go through for an in-person visit and make home dialysis more viable. According to the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology during this COVID-19 pandemic, 90% of home dialysis visits were done with telehealth. Telehealth can also be of great use for kidney transplantation. It allows for a timelier evaluation of eligibility for kidney donors, allowing more time for travel.

Many people, particularly in rural areas with little access to healthcare information, have inadequate awareness towards kidney disease prevention and treatment. Telehealth helps to provide an outlet for learning. Be it through web-based sources, support groups, or even personal advice, nephrologists can quickly keep their patients informed and educated. This education platform is not just for patients but for healthcare providers as well, where telehealth is used for peer learning.

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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