Telemedicine Significantly Improves Healthcare in Rural Communities
By solving the "Accessibility" problem when deploying cost-effective equipment and platforms that connect doctors from around the world to these communities in need.
Telemedicine partially solves the critical problem of the relocation of Physicians, especially Specialists, to rural healthcare centers.
Telemedicine technology and its use are not new; widespread adoption among Rural Health Clinics (RHC) and patients beyond simple telephone correspondence has been relatively slow. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, trends show some increased interest in the use of telehealth services by both RHC's and patients.
Many professional medical societies endorse telehealth services and guide medical practice in this evolving landscape. Changes in how health care is delivered during this pandemic are needed to reduce staff exposure to ill persons, preserve personal protective equipment (PPE), and minimize the impact of patient surges on facilities.
Throughout the world, healthcare systems have had to adjust the way they triage, evaluate, and care for patients using methods that do not rely on in-person services. The need for telemedicine has never been greater, and the priority for its advancement is paramount. At present, the primary barrier to large-scale telemedical screening for COVID-19 is the coordination of testing, which is especially true in rural communities.