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4 Ways Telehealth Is Improving Patient Care

Telehealth is the practice of using medical grade computers and medical tablets to provide health care remotely. Telehealth practices put doctors in closer contact with distant patients, save time and energy with instant communication, and improve point-of-care services with accurate and detailed information. As our world becomes more and more connected, such practices will assume increasingly larger roles in the medical industry.

The practice of telehealth requires specific medical computers set up for such duties. When used properly, they can improve patient care in a number of ways, which is the ultimate goal for any medical organization. Four of the most prominent means are discussed below.

Time is a Factor in Wound Care

Immediate trauma usually requires immediate treatment, especially when it comes to physical injury and wounds. Getting to the emergency room can take up a great deal time, however, and yet the physician won’t be able to perform a diagnosis until the patient arrives on-site. That can lead to issues with dressing and care of the wound, and in some cases can even make the injury worse.

Telehealth practices provide a valuable advantage here. Using a tablet PC, the EMT can take a picture of the wound and send it to the hospital while the patient is en route. That allows the physicians to perform a preliminary diagnosis – including determining the cause of the wound, the extent of the damage, and any further danger to the patient, if any – without having to wait until the patient reaches them. That, in turn, allows them to recommend proper dressing and initial care for the wound, which can help stabilize the injury and minimize the damage. It also allows them to prep X-ray machines if broken bones are a factor and clear similar devices for immediate use when the patient arrives: further reducing the time required to treat the injury.

Rural Services Can Extend Their Reach

Not every patient can readily reach a care facility. People in rural areas, for instance, may be many miles from a proper hospital, while shut-ins and patients without ready means of transportation might be physically unable to reach care even if it’s not that far away. Physicians can schedule house calls, but it takes an effort to reach a distant patient, which limits the number of people they can treat in a given day and wastes a great deal of time in transit.

According to a 2017 study from American Well, 69% of U.S. adults believe that video conferencing will provide the best overall care (as opposed to merely 26% who thought a phone call would be best, and 5% who thought an email would be best). The same study also found that patients tend to trust their primary care physicians more than doctors who they do not know.

Telehealth practices allow doctors to virtually visit these patients. The physician can perform a diagnosis, prescribe medication, consult on long-term care, and even take readings with help from the patient or a local caregiver. That cuts down on transit time and allows patients without ready access to health care to receive qualified treatment. Telehealth allows PCPs to give their distant patients genuine face time, which reduces anxiety as well as allowing the patient to remain in comfortable and familiar surroundings.

Mobile Clinics and “Street Medicine” Practices Are Much Improved

Mobile clinics are a vital service to many communities, allowing doctors to travel anywhere with advanced medical devices in tow. According to a study by The American Journal of Managed Care, there are some 2,000 mobile clinics operating in the United State, 44% of which offer primary care services. They can include anything from bloodmobiles collecting donations at schools or offices to “street medicine” services providing care for the homeless and other at-risk demographics.

Telehealth practices can improve such services by keeping the mobile clinic in touch with experts and facilities they might not have otherwise. There are only so many staff members one can place in a mobile clinic, after all, and only so many pieces of equipment that can be practically placed on the vehicle. But telehealth can connect the station back to the hospital: sending patient data for analysis, consulting medical experts who wouldn’t otherwise be accessible, and connect the team on the street to the same resources a patient would have were they to receive care in the hospital itself.

For example, consider a mobile clinic serving a homeless shelter, including a patient with a skin condition that can’t readily be identified. By the time the staff back at the hospital pinpoints the condition, the patient may be long gone and unable to be readily found. But a connection via a medical tablet PC allows the staff to instantly consult a dermatologist back at the hospital, and receive both a diagnosis and a recommendation for long-term treatment in a single session.

Bedside Treatment Becomes Much More Convenient

Telehealth practices aren’t limited to locations outside the hospital or care facility. Patients being treated in a given clinic may not be able to leave their beds, or can do so only with great difficulty, which complicates their treatment considerably. There is a considerable benefit to being able to bring a computer on wheels right up to the patient’s bed, not only for a specialist or primary care physician to conduct a consultation while they’re off-site, but for fast diagnoses in the middle of the night or during similar periods when a specialist might not be on hospital grounds.

Consider the case of nursing homes, for instance. Many homes offer visits from physicians for their residents, but don’t have a doctor on permanent staff. Yet residents often have limited mobility and if they require treatment after the doctor has left for the day, it might entail an ambulance trip to the hospital: wasting precious time and putting the patient under unnecessary physical strain. Telehealth practices allow the nursing staff to contact the doctor, wheel a medical cart computer right to the patient’s bedside, and get a diagnosis and treatment plan in a fraction of the time and effort it would take otherwise.

Cybernet Manufacturing offers medical tablets with the features required to smoothly integrate telehealth practices with the remainder of your operation. Contact us today to explore your options.

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Tablet PCs

Physicians are very busy in any healthcare setting. They go from room to room without a moment to spare. Patients can end up waiting for hours. How much of a relief would it be if they had a piece of technology that could save one hour per day amidst the chaos? Tablet PCs do that and so much more!

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) can be easily and quickly accessed with Tablet PCs. An electronic solution for physicians’ patient charts is now right at their fingertips, and the palm of their hands. Best of all, the benefits far outweigh the costs of using Tablet PCs for EMR.

Read on to find out the functions and benefits of using medical-grade Tablets PCs for EMR:

Tablet PCs are Small and Portable

Tablet PCs are light and easy to carry around. When physicians are on the run, they can simply grab the tablet and get going. Some will fit perfectly into the pocket of a lab coat. Tablet PCs come equipped with built-in wireless networking. A Tablet PC that is connected to a wireless network can send or receive date from the EMR software in real time.  In a physician office setting, the wireless network is heavily used so it is very important to pick a Tablet PC with good wireless capabilities.

Tablet PCs Have a Stylus Digitizer Pen

Tablet PCs are an all-in-one solution. They even provide a way to write your signature! Signatures that are as detailed as handwritten text are captured digitally with a special pen. Physicians can quickly and easily sign for prescriptions and other important documents on the go. In addition, handwriting can be converted into text to make documentation and note taking easy and very convenient.

Tablet PCs Provide Barcode Scanning

In hospitals, the safest way to administer medication to a patient is with barcode scanning. Ensuring the right medication is being given to the right patient and at the right time should be the goal of any hospital. One medical error could result in significant cost so even one error will easily pay for the barcode scanning solution. If a medical error is severe, a hospital stay could be necessary and cost thousands of dollars. And there’s no price tag if an error leads to the loss of someone’s life.

Tablet PCs that have barcode scanning allow physicians to quickly access medical records to find out history, allergic reactions and drug interactions. They can then scan barcodes on medications and the wristbands of patients, providing convenient and error-free care.

Tablet PCs are Hygienic

A Tablet PC that is coated with a medical-grade antimicrobial substance will minimize the spread of pathogens and make it possible to use liquid disinfectants. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that medical facilities disinfect medical equipment, including PCs, with liquid cleaners. A medical-grade Tablet PC follows CDC guidelines, ensuring a more hygienic environment.

Tablet PCs Help Streamline Workflow

With a Tablet PC, medical professionals don’t have to switch from a Tablet to a PC to finish projects. Its docking station provides a power supply and extra ports to attach a mouse and keyboard. There may even be a mount that turns the tablet into a display for presentations or easy viewing of EMR. These functions make transitioning to the next step in care very easy and help streamline the workflow of the healthcare setting.

Tablet PCs Lead to Better Patient Care

Tablet PCs provide physicians with an endless amount of information right at their fingertips. This translates into better patient care because the physician can access a more complete patient record immediately. They can access the latest up-to-date research, medication databases to aid in prescribing medications, and send prescriptions or lab requests electronically using an error-free and more secure method of transmission.  Additionally, documenting can be done at the point of encounter, saving the time of going back and forth to another room in which EMR is stored.

Above all, patient safety and health is always the priority and can be achieved more efficiently with the use of a Tablet PC.

A recent study shows tablet PCs with EMR enhance clinical routine and promote bedside time. Results indicated increased productivity, enhanced data access, improved patient–physician interaction and workflow, and optimized patient outcome. With all the benefits of Tablet PCs, it’s apparent they are the premier choice for EMR.

Information on medical-grade Tablet PCs for EMR:

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4 Ways Tablet PCs Boost Productivity on the Move

CyberMed T10 TabletOn-the-move computing devices are a true necessity in this day and age. If you’re like many of today’s professionals and businessmen then you probably find yourself darting off from one place to another on a frequent basis. Business trips, meetings with clients, presentations for prospective customers, touching base with colleagues and meet-ups with the boss—these are only some of the tasks that the modern corporate employee has to learn to juggle.

The minutes, hours and even days you spend between destinations can add up to a lot of lost time. And in most businesses, time is money. A Tablet PC can make sure that the time you spend between one destination to the next can be used in a productive manner. Here are some of the ways that tablets boost productivity on the move.

  1. Tablet PC let you take notes and carry out presentations anywhere
    One of the ways that your tablet can enhance your productivity is by letting you take notes anywhere and anytime. You can record details while you’re on the move without having to carry around notebooks or rummage through your bag for a pen. This ability can be helpful if you like to brainstorm while traveling since you can easily jot down your ideas while on the plane or in the car. When meeting with a prospect or a current client, you can also use your tablet for recording details or creating one-on-one presentations. Speaking of presentations, a tablet allows you to prepare your visual aids and demonstrations while you’re in transit, thus, helping you maximize your time.
  2. Tablet PC let you read and annotate documents.
    Documents play a major role in any business. Fortunately, you no longer have to carry around your paperwork in a bulky briefcase. Amazingly, you can now store your documents in a single device that can fit in your pocket. Many of the latest tablets today have an e-book reader feature which allows you to browse or read documents and entire books. Most people find holding a lightweight tablet more comfortable than having to hold thick files. Plus, you don’t have to worry about lighting since tablets come with a backlight. Tablets are now making it easier to annotate documents as well. You can highlight sentences and paragraphs or write marginal notes as you read documents on the go.
  3. Tablets let you keep in touch with business contacts while on the move.
    Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are no longer just for entertainment and recreation. Nowadays, more and more businesses are leveraging social networking sites for business purposes. In fact, it’s crucial for today’s companies and organizations to have some kind of online presence that can help them communicate with present and prospective customers. Tablets have great tools and apps for social networking. Even when you’re on the move, you can easily touch base with your colleagues or supervisors via Skype calls, private messages on Facebook or tweets. You can also watch or read the latest news for any events that can impact your business.
  4. Tablet PC let you easily share content with co-workers.
    Cloud services like SugarSync and Dropbox make it easy for users to share content quickly and conveniently. Gone are the days when your only resort is to get to a laptop or computer, open up your email, attach the content to a message and send it to your colleagues. Now you can easily send documents, audio files, images or videos with a few slides of your finger on your tablet screen.