Telemedicine is rapidly becoming a standard and mainstream way of providing care for patients around the world. The remote connectivity of healthcare providers with patients became a necessity as the world found a “new normal” due to the COVID-19 pandemic that began in December of 2019. If not already done so, healthcare providers and insurers should embrace telemedicine and the virtualization of clinical visits.
Telemedicine helps fill the gap by enabling healthcare professionals to assess, diagnose and treat patients via chat, voice and/or video. With the goal of limiting the spread of COVID-19, state legislation continues to expand coverage allowing patients and healthcare providers to virtually interact; eliminating unnecessary person to person contact and keeping everyone safe.
Since the pandemic began, it has been observed that:
- The Center for Disease Control is calling for healthcare facilities to adopt telemedicine.
- Telemedicine may lower the risk of transmission of diseases to others.
- Patients are willing and capable of adapting to the change.
- Healthcare workers do not want to expose themselves to unnecessary risk.
- Currently, facilities may lack the necessary hardware and connectivity as the adaptation of telemedicine has accelerated faster than anticipated.
The increase in connected devices within the healthcare industry is also increasing the workload of data transfer, file sharing and increase connectivity to the information needed to provide telehealth services. Behind these connected devices are servers, software, routers, switches and cables that are either in physical data center infrastructure or the public cloud that are HIPAA compliant. Healthcare providers, medical software developers, researchers and other medical stakeholders should focus less on the IT management of their connected devices and more on the need to treat patients, medical research and innovations during this time.
It is vital to make sure your organization has the necessary infrastructure and compliance to support the changes and the future of healthcare. 365 Data Centers can help you ensure that your business practices run smoothly, efficiently, and reliably. Reach out to us today!