TELEMEDICINE SUPPORTS SPECIALIST-PERFORMED THERAPY ON-SITE
Roughly 80% of today’s general practice patients are chronically ill. These patients require guided, intensive therapy in order to avoid pathological deterioration and to prevent secondary diseases.
How is this possible?
The capacities of doctors and medical teams are limited – the same applies to specialty practices and their resources because the number of patients is increasing. This correlates with the growing number of medical data that is analyzed and evaluated. This makes SHL Telemedicine’s frequently transferred and updated patient reports a useful addition to operations and daily routines of both general practitioners and specialists by enabling earlier recognition of changes in weight, blood sugar levels, blood pressure levels, and spirometry values. This creates an opportunity to guide patients more closely and to put necessary therapy adjustments into place and implement them more quickly.
Aside from financial resources, the capacity of doctors and caregivers is limited too. They do not have the ability to be available to patients around the clock. However, particularly patients with an acute worsening condition often experience pain or symptoms at night and on weekends and require assistance from a medical contact person. The significant increase of chronically ill people in our society leads to more workload for both the outpatient and inpatient departments, as well as a higher demand of resources.
On the other hand, the diagnosis of a chronic disease makes a significant dent in a patient’s life that comes with a decline of one’s quality of life.
In order to provide the best possible care for the patient and a stabilization of the course of the illness within the available resources, there is a need for a sustainable, innovative form of medical care. Telemedicine fills the need for this exact innovation.