Clinical Services - Patient consults can be provided in two modes:
Live Real Time - provides live patient to provider encounters.
Store and Forward - allows specialists to review patient findings at convenient times without depending on the presence of the patient.
Patient and Clinical Education Services - Educational Services can be provided through a Telehealth Network. Networks provide up-to-date and timely continuation education opportunities to healthcare providers and patients.
Video Conferencing Support - Video conferencing allows face-to-face meetings while eliminating employee travel expenses.
NRTRC has recently conducted a poll of our member networks, asking what Telehealth specialties are provided in their states. The list is pretty impressive, and this is probably not wholly complete. But a look at the list will give you a good idea of what’s possible with Telehealth. In fact, there are very few limits to what can be done with technology.
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Emergency Care
- Intensive Care
- Burn Care
- Pediatric Emergency
- Behavioral Health
- Remote care of chronic illness (diabetes, COPD, heart failure, etc.)
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Pre- /Post-surgical care
- Primary care
- Virtual “Walk-in” Clinic
- Ultrasound imaging
- Echo Cardiography stress test
- Neurology (non-stroke)
- Adult Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Case Management (hepatitis C)
- Case Management (advanced liver disease)
- Case Management (tumor conferences)
- Case Management (substance abuse and mental health)
- Education (Grand Rounds, didactic education, etc.)
This list is not exhaustive, but it will give a good view of what’s possible with Telehealth and, hopefully, stimulate some ideas about what your network can do for your patients.
Commonly Used Telehealth Platforms