April 17, 2018
Telemedicine and Increasing Access to Healthcare
Access to healthcare can be a serious problem. Increasingly doctors are overburdened and overworked, specialists are not accessible or available within a reasonable traveling distance, and patients are suffering through long wait times.
Enter telemedicine—which enables “remote consultations, in-home monitoring, outsourced diagnostic analysis, and remote specialist consultations,” according to a Becker’s Health Information Technology Report.
How Do We Get Effective and Efficient Telemedicine?
Effective and efficient telemedicine requires both the physician and the patient have a secure, low-latency connection, so that regardless of cell service and coverage, assistance is available when needed.
5G Increases Access to Telemedicine, and Benefits Patients
That’s where next generation 5G wireless, supported by wireless infrastructure such as small cells, can make a very real difference in the lives of many. With connections that are between 10x-100x faster, and increased coverage, many healthcare solutions become possible. Just to name a few, patients can:
- consult a primary care provider (PCP) and a specialist simultaneously, increasing efficiency and improving care;
- better the patient experience through integrated records and management; and
- meet remotely with top-notch specialists from across the country.
Wireless technology is changing the way we do things and the way we live our lives—it’s also increasing our access to vital services through practical solutions like telemedicine.