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The term telemedicine is derived from the combination of a Greek word “Tele,” meaning “distance” and a Latin word “mederi” meaning “to heal”. Distance is a constraint for people living in remote areas to access timely, good-quality health care. Telemedicine attempts to overcome this constraint by bridging this gap between the patient and healthcare provider. The World Health Organization defines Telemedicine as, “The delivery of healthcare services, where distance is a critical factor, by all healthcare professionals using information and communication technologies for the exchange of valid information for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of healthcare providers, all in the interests of advancing the health of individuals and their communities”. For example a patient or a health care provider, or caregiver may use a wireless phone to automatically upload vital signs and send it to a remote monitoring center. Telemedicine was one of the initial technologies which improved the spread of healthcare services wherein areas that were considered inaccessible initially were also able to access healthcare facilities.
Benefits of Telemedicine
Telemedicine improves accessibility to health care facilities for the patient living in remote areas and allows physicians to reach out to patients and expand their services beyond their own clinic. Telemedicine reduces travelling time for both patient and the health care provider. It also decreases the number of hospital stays, allows for shared health professional staffing that translates into reduced health care cost. Along with the reduction in travel time it also reduces the stress related to traveling. It improves continuity of patient care as the patient, primary care physician, specialist and family members may be actively involved during a consultation.
Challenges of Telemedicine
Physicians may not be aware of the benefits or utility of telemedicine and may be resistant to use such e-medicine technologies. Building trust in patients about the outcome of these newer technologies is another challenge. Language may be a barrier in some countries. For example only 65.38% of India’s population is literate with only 2% being well-versed in English.
From the hospital perspective, implementation of telemedicine involves investment of high capital associated with the technology and communication and so this may become financially unfeasible. Telemedicine is supported by various types of software and hardware is still immature and needs to evolve.
Telemedicine is the answer to the question of solving the problem of inaccessibility to the healthcare facilities. With proper implementation it can serve multiple purposes along with the basic or specialized healthcare services. Recent advances in the field of information technology has improved the quality of the telemedicine services and also reduced the related costs to a great extent. However, concerns about safety of patient data, or becoming completely dependent on such services are being raised in relation to telemedicine. Nevertheless, judicious use of this health technology can save a lot more lives than before and reduce the healthcare costs to a great extent.
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Data and Healthcare
The reason why health care is one of the prime clients of Data Science is that it has been generating massive amounts of data for ages, and now is the time to really push this data to the limits which haven’t been unlocked yet. From precision medication to advanced wearable devices to modern methods of drug discovery, Data Science is changing the way we know healthcare today. Following are some factors how data science is creating wonders in the Healthcare industry:
Developing New Drugs: Medicines are why people go to hospitals, and you’ll be surprised to know that every single medicine, which you see in a store has been developed by continuous research of many years and huge investments. And unfortunately, many of the newly discovered drugs prove to be a failure.
With the help of Data Science, Laboratories can now reduce the time and energy required for developing new drugs. We can combine the case studies, treatment records, tests results etc and utilize machine learning algorithms to create simulations which would tell us in advance whether a drug is going to work on the human body. Not only this, but we are also able to predict how the genes in our body are going to be affected by the drug. This is not only going to increase the speed of research, but also reduce the wastage of money.
- Advanced Wearable devices: Wearable devices are now all set to become our new health-guards. They can give us time to time update of our and our family members’ health status and record the data for further reference. Moreover, they can detect even the slightest disorder in the working of our body system and inform us immediately. They can detect the diseases even before the symptoms have surfaced.
Diagnosis: It’s a sad truth that even after the development of modern technologies, thousands of inaccurate diagnoses occur every year. There is sufficient data to prevent these mistakes, but the traditional techniques are not able to exploit the data.
With the help of Data Science, we can now carry out extensive medical tests and analyze large amount of data make accurate diagnoses in almost no time. This is also helping the doctors in detecting chronic diseases in very early stages.
- Precision Medicines: If we look at the traditional methods of Medical Science, we’ll find that there are various sets of problems and particular tests and medicines have been assigned to them. This way, one particular test or medicine is prescribed in all the related diseases. With Data Science, now it is possible to understand the exact problem and devising medicines and doses accordingly.
- Developing Cures for Incurable Diseases: A large amount of money and energy is being invested in developing cures for inaccurate disease all over the world. Data Science is helping them come together and share each other’s studies, and this is ultimately going to increase the speed of researches. The time’s not far when we’ll have a cure for every single disease on the planet.
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