Remote medicine has become more powerful than ever during the pandemic we are experiencing, as millions of patients around the world are in isolation. Yet they still have treatments to continue. Learn here how this modality works and grows.
As a result of the pandemic that the world is experiencing, different industries have had to adapt in order to continue operating, either with intense precautionary measures or through the remote modality in order to respect social distancing. In this sense, medicine is not lagging behind, making incursions into the latter system. What not many people know is that it has been gaining momentum for several decades.
According to the book The Role of Telehealth in an Evolving Health Care Environment, mentioned in an 1879 article in the Lancet medical journal The Lancet mentions that the telephone was used to reduce unnecessary visits.. Later in 1925, the journal Science and Invention magazine showed on its cover how a doctor diagnosed a patient by radio. Likewise, the author assures that at that time they were already thinking about a video device that would allow a patient to be checked remotely. That moment came in the 1960s thanks to NASA, which began to implement remote physiological monitoring in the Mercury space program.
As we can imagine, there are many more historical facts about telemedicine that have gradually enabled health professionals to assess, diagnose and treat patients remotely using telecommunications technology. health professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients remotely using telecommunications technology. The important thing is that in the context in which we are living, where people from all over the world are in the same people all over the world are in isolation or quarantine, distance medicine has become the new way for patients to connect with their doctors.
This increase is noticeable in the United States, where before the virus arrived in California, the maximum number of telenattentions performed by Stanford Children's Health Hospital was 35, whereas now they have performed up to 500 in one day. Another example is the Cleveland Clinic, in March alone made 60,000 remote appointments, increasing by more than 1,700%, as its monthly average used to be 3,400 teleattentions.
It is undoubtedly a very useful modality all over the world, but for thousands of patients in particular, telerehabilitation has been crucial during this period. People with mobility problems need to have therapeutic continuity to have therapeutic continuity, because not receiving their treatments could mean a major setback for some. For example, in the case of people with neurological damage this is much more serious, because we are not only talking about a setback, but also about possible consequences.
This is something we know well at TrainFES center, where pausing rehabilitation has never been an option. That is why since before the spread of the coronavirus in our country, the need to innovate was present. Today we have a completely remote program, from evaluation to therapy, and where technology is one of the and where technology is one of the main protagonists.
As we could see, telemedicine has helped many people who needed to continue their respective treatments without putting themselves at risk of contracting the coronavirus. In particular, we address patients with neurological damage who so badly need to continue with their therapies in order not to have setbacks or other consequences. Thus, the 100% remote solution provided by TrainFES center is an excellent option.
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