Broadband reliant apps, such as "telemedicine," enable patients and physicians in distant locations, to seamlessly participate in virtual visits, so everyone including family members and all other interested parties can easily participate in the care cycle.
Telemedicine is a way to connect a remote doctor or physician or any kind of specialist with a patient.
Costs associated with the exchange of information between clinicans and physicians can be reduced by avoiding dupicating expensive tests. Health Information Exchange (HIE) provides the capability to electronically move clinical information among disparate health care information systems while maintaining the meaning of the information being exchanged.
Using a Blackberry Torch or an iPhone 4 you can access data, send/receive email, do routine word processing or editing, watch movies – some would argue you can do more with a smartphone that with a PC -- all in a package that’s certainly more convenient and accessible than a laptop.
Read more about it in: Making Healthcare Mobile.
Dr. Alan Pitt, a Neurosurgeon at the well known Barrow Institute, explains why he thinks the future is about access. All he needs is Broadband.
Telemedicine provides access to specialty resources and collaboration in real-time amongst everyone involved. Doctors can deliver remote care from any internet enabled device, with particular attention to addressing the needs of the underserved and vulnerable populations, to improve the efficiency and quality of care delivery. And they all require Broadband.
Connecting specialists from across the country, to the bedside, emergency department and ambulances, of those in need, empowers healthcare providers to better serve patients with challenging symptoms.
It usually involves videoconferencing, where a remote physician can examine the patient. The remote physician can also interact with the local physician on-site and look at charts and images. It's basically a way to bring a doctor electronically to any emergency room or any patient anywhere.