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The Global Future of Telehealth: Overcoming the International Regulatory Environment

Telehealth is on the rise and the demands for its global benefits, past a crisis, are becoming clear. The ability to meet some current medical needs without restriction is fast becoming the desired way to access treatments and consultations, beyond the pandemic. In this series, we’ll look at the different challenges the future of telehealth faces and how we plan to solve them, such as legislative, license verification, data security, availability, payments, and more.

The recent pandemic has placed a spotlight on the way our current health system is organized. Telehealth, although not a new concept, has risen to the fore in recent months as a way to circumvent fears of close physical interactions during an in-patient consultation. Moving forward, as usage in telehealth increases, more and more people are seeing the benefits of what telehealth can bring to the table.

Telehealth is proving to be an essential digital tool for healthcare providers beyond the current crisis. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) had posted guidance for telehealth in 2019. However, they updated the information during the lockdown to accommodate immediate needs in easing access to healthcare indicating its value.

Outside of the pandemic, there is a real demand for doctors. Finding a specialist to treat a certain ailment can be a challenge in itself let alone if you live in a rural area where specialists are scarce. Patients have a right to seek the best care possible, and geographical or national boundaries should not be a barrier. Clearly there are immense benefits to a global telehealth solution. But what are the challenges in making this a reality?

Licensing, certification, and legislation are fundamental issues concerning the use of telehealth. Different countries have different regulations. Can a doctor in India legally have a tele-consultation with a patient in the US, or vice-versa?

Global Telehealth Exchange (GTHE)

Solve.Care’s Global Telehealth Exchange, is the world’s first global telehealth solution. GTHE is designed to make healthcare accessible to every single person in the world, no matter their location or economic status. Before, consultations abroad were only afforded to the economically privileged. Now even those less privileged are able to consult with a specialist thousands of miles away, from the convenience of their home, through their personal devices.

However, how does GTHE overcome the regulatory issues that impede practicing medicine and consulting with patients on a global stage? This is where the beauty of GTHE comes in. It is more than just the world’s first global telehealth solution. It is truly an exchange where patients can freely choose which doctor they want to see and providers can be visible to those patients according to the criteria they set, wherever they are located. The regulatory parameters are built into the GTHE function and correspond with applicable laws from both the patient’s and provider’s perspective. The exchange and its immense logic infrastructure will automatically match the patient to every available doctor in compliance with applicable laws. There are many telehealth systems available, but none that encompasses the globe, let alone the various national or regional regulations. Solve.Care’s GTHE allows the provider, the patient, and the laws to align in a global setting.

In conclusion, the benefits of, not just telehealth but a global telehealth solution, are apparent. It is also clear that once regulatory issues are addressed, as so done in the GTHE, practicing medicine with an outreach to patients, no matter where they are in the world, from the comfort of their home, is no longer a pipe dream.

Visit our website for more information on how Solve.Care and Global Telehealth Exchange can provide global patient access to your practice.

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