Healthcare in the Throes of Change / Telemedicine
Connected Healthcare Systems Cut Costs, Improve Care
By using M2M solutions the healthcare industry can reduce costs and at the same time improve the quality of care.
Thanks to remote monitoring, hospitals can reduce or eliminate stays. Scarce hospital beds can then be freed up for more serious cases while the majority of patients can recover at home. Tracking solutions lead to increased security for patients and the elderly and to peace of mind for relatives. Meanwhile they can remain independent for longer in their own homes. M2M devices create a whole new lifestyle, preventing illness by making fitness monitoring fun.
Telemedicine Improves Healthcare
Physicians and health insurers have great hopes for telemedicine. Based on M2M, telemedicine is urgently required since many regions are already suffering from a shortage of healthcare provision.
The expansion of telemedicine is gaining crucial momentum. In Germany, the schedule has been laid down by the Secure Digital Communications and Applications Act, or E-Health Act, which came into force at the beginning of 2016. This legislation is designed to speed up the progress of digitization in healthcare.
Benefits for Doctors
- Earlier notification in emergencies
- Constant access to patient data
- Continuous patient monitoring and automated alerts
- More time for patients
Telemedicine Countervails Shortage of Doctors
Many rural areas are already suffering from an undersupply of healthcare provisions, and the shortage of doctors is set to intensify in line with demographic changes. A secure digital infrastructure improves healthcare and strengthens patient self-determination. So people with reduced mobility will derive special benefit from the expansion of telemedicine, but so will physicians, healthcare workers and administrative staff.
M2M improve patients’ quality of life
Solutions based on M2M offer a large number of new ways to save time, cut costs and improve patients’ quality of life. Telemonitoring, for example, facilitates remote examination, diagnosis and monitoring of patients by means of mobile medical devices. The basic framework is a secure network connection combined with electronic patient documentation and IT-supported treatment processes.
The browser-based Tumor Conference 2.0 enables physicians to collaborate securely across disciplines and improves the treatment that patients receive without having to make expensive and time-consuming journeys. Tumor Conference participants log into the secure virtual session from Internet-enabled computers and jointly develop individual treatment strategies.
Low Technical and Financial Outlay
Furthermore, thanks to extensive open telemedicine platforms that can easily be applied to a variety of medical applications, potential providers of telemedicine services benefit from low technical and financial outlay to establish a new network of their own. Partners can plug into the platform with their solutions as though it were simply a power strip.