Assisted Telemedicine: A roadmap to improve medical care in Rural Areas

Healthcare in rural India relies mostly on public healthcare units, which has limited public funding & a diminished doctor to patient ratio, which gets strenuous with the limited resources while meeting the large population’s medical needs. On the other hand, due to low profitability, less skilled personnel & low availability of doctors who are ready to work under challenging circumstances, private healthcare units are not able to sustain care delivery in these areas.But, is it necessary to build a big healthcare infrastructure to meet care demands in fragmented rural areas, when 80% of Indian doctors are located elsewhere?

Absolutely not! 

Technology may have introduced retail opportunities for medicos practicing in urban set-up, yet the adaption of such new-age care practices in rural areas is low. Extensive adaption of assisted-medicine will facilitate medical practitioners to reach the rural population while solving unique challenges.

Retail healthcare platforms integrated with Telemedicine & diagnostic capacities will be a futuristic & effective digital care model for evaluating, diagnosing & treating patients without the patients needing to visit facilities that may be located far off from their villages.

Mapping each village to a “Village Health Officer” equipped with tools to carry basic healthcare packages along with diagnostic services would prove essential for chronic care management and access to emergency care providers in real-time for rural patients.

Powerful telemedicine integrated healthcare platform, not only benefits patients, but also assist medicos in:

  • Team-based care
  • Integrating diagnostic analysis in EMRs
  • In-home monitoring of patients for follow-up & continued care

HArborSays: Technology is changing the healthcare practices now, more than ever. Let’s dedicate ourselves to rebuild the rural healthcare foundation starting with Telemedicine and reduce the gap between the patients & medical care providers.

The secret of caregiving is doctor-controlled Homecare and Telemedicine in COVID times.

Being discharged from the hospital and returning home after testing negative for #COVID-19 is undoubtedly a relief. However, a good homecare regime and constant vital checkup can enhance the process of recovery faster and better.

COVID patients who are experiencing health issues like fatigue, difficulty in swallowing or have taken up long-term damage to the heart & lungs must receive full-time homecare care with regular vital check-ups.

COVID rehabilitation has proved to have a positive impact on patient’s health post-COVID recovery by up to 40 % while allowing the patients to seek continued care at the comfort of their home.

Even with a negative RTPCR test, recovered COVID patients may still be experiencing difficulties with everyday household chores or might have a chance of post-intensive care syndrome after spending time in hospitals. To avoid the risk of readmission, it is important to continuously monitor their vitals and an all-inclusive care assessment tool must be provided to the patient for well being & help them in gradually getting back to their pre-COVID strength.

Care Analysis: Treating the impact on the lungs and heart

Coronavirus can make it more difficult for a patient’s lungs to get enough oxygen into the blood and if left untreated or ignored, it can become a life-long health issue to deal with. Also, during the period of illness, doctors have reported an increase in the risk of cardiovascular problems in patients.

With homecare regimes, medicos should be able to digitally suggest an exercise routine and medications to help patients recover faster. Wherein everyday exercise timings can be easily recorded by their patients along with medicine doses. The homecare should assist to change the medications while being updated regularly about any unusual symptoms for immediate and effective medical help. Doctors should be available to the patient at a predefined consultation time.

Care Analysis: Difficulty in providing care for chronic patients

COVID19 lockdowns have been bringing everything to halt, adversely affecting all the patients in general, especially the ones suffering from chronic diseases. Since medicos are overloaded with COVID patients, it is difficult to monitor and track all such patients individually. Hence, an integrated monitoring system along with vital assessment & Teleconsultations must be available to patients while being controlled by the doctors on a pre-appointment basis.

Care Analysis: Managing patient’s mental health remotely

Post-COVID stress has also caused anxiety, depression and symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in patients and it can be difficult to cope with, if not treated with care and routine check-up. Teleconsultations can be a very useful method to address such issues while providing the best possible patient-centric treatment in a doctor controlled environment. Telehealth even facilitates mental health specialists to consult patients remotely that might not otherwise be available including those patients who reside in the hinterlands of rural Bharat.

In conclusion HarborSays, homecare & telemedicine are such powerful tools and they must now assist medical practitioners while enhancing the caregiving experience without increasing the overall infrastructure cost for doctors.