Many doctors who treat complicated infections practice near university medical centers, which many patients may not be able to get to easily. The answer to this problem lies in telemedicine. It can help connect patients with infectious diseases in isolated locations with medical specialists.
Senior author Dr Curtis Cooper said that it’s a very powerful tool to reach people marginalized by distance or socioeconomic status. Infections like pneumonia, upper respiratory tract infections and skin infections are entirely treatable but can have complications or require follow-up with a specialist. Via telemedicine, specialists can remotely monitor what these patients are prescribed and alert local providers of errors.
In three studies included in their review, HIV patients who “met” with specialists by telemedicine every six to 12 months were more likely to stick to their medications and respond well to antiretroviral therapy. Dr Jeremy Young from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago stated that telemedicine can increase access to high-quality care for many patient populations, including the incarcerated, persons living in chronic care facilities, those in rural areas and others with access or transportation issues.
There is great potential with telemedicine to streamline healthcare.
Content modified from the post of Kathryn Doyle on Reuters