In developing countries, doctors are scant and many individuals do not own vehicles, which makes medical treatment hard to reach. For instance, in India there is a large concentration of blind people and it’s difficult for patients to meet physicians. Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is the leading cause of preventable infant blindness. There’s over 8% of nearly 30 million births each year are vulnerable of this potentially blinding condition. This requires a quick, adept way to screen infants, especially in rural areas. The telemedicine challenge is the retinal screening of roughly 250,000 premature babies a month in some of the isolated parts of the country.But, a potential solution has emerged. It starts with the accessibility of a portable retinal camera with a unique image capture design ideally fit for newborns.
This camera allows trained technicians, not medical experts, to capture images and upload them via a data card using telePACS software developed by i2i TeleSolutions in Bangalore. The images and data are uploaded to a remote server, in this case located in a bomb shelter in Houston, Texas. Once uploaded, these images are retrieved either on the iPhone, the iPAD, or the PC. This model has now been adopted as part of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the state of Karnataka in India and is being set up across eighteen health centers across six rural districts.In destitute countries, such as India, telemedicine has many benefits that can assist those in need. It is accessible in one’s home, which means there is no need to commute to a medical specialist. That is very convenient for individuals who cannot miss their jobs or don’t have expenses for gas.
It is cost effective, where “on average, a telehealth visit costs about $79, compared with about $146 for an office visit…”, which can certainly alleviate one who is financially stricken. Also, there is better access to more specialists where specialist refers patients to the specific physicians they need, regardless of location. Modern day technology integrating with the healthcare field is helping the public in many ways. This high-tech equipment is setting milestones that will forever change the medical sphere for the best. The Health-e-chair incorporates a vast array of biosensors to measure basic vital signs, including weight, blood pressure, temperature, ECG, and motion analysis.
Plus, the chair has a communication unit with a remotely controlled camera. All the patient needs to do is sit in the Health-e-chair and let the physician do the work.Elderly people are at a higher risk for falling which can lead to bone fractures where they then end up in the hospital. MobileCare Monitor is a wristwatch-like device that has uninterrupted, real-time monitoring for seniors, individuals with chronic illness and others who whose health and safety is in jeopardy. The monitor links by Bluetooth to personal medical devices, measures patient gait, detects falls, and has a panic button to call for help.
Such devices make a huge difference to those in need of assistance including the elderly.With all these new emerging equipment, there is such a transformation in the healthcare field. It will help ages with all problems/conditions and will alleviate the problems people will deal with like no transportation or being to busy. As technological experts have more ideas on these equipment there will be a rise in healthy, happy people. The telemedicine field will be far more popular than it is now and will progress into a successful sphere of medicine.