Telemedicine and its Impact on Medical Equipment Requirements

Selecting the best medical billing software. Consider telemedicine's influence on equipment needs.
27 March 2024

Telemedicine is a key component that contributes to the development of medicine. Recently, the American Hospital Association conducted research, according to which telemedicine has increased the convenience for patients to access medical help more easily. This is a huge potential hidden behind the concept of telemedicine, which promises tomorrow’s healthcare to receive the required medical health without leaving the comfort of the house. 

Along with this convenience, the medical sphere is growing to meet the requirements of telemedicine. This means new equipment is produced daily that allows telemedicine to spread its comfort around the world. 

How Steri Group contributes to the development of telemedicine

Throughout the years, Steri Group has partnered with many international companies, that produce and export high-quality medical equipment. These partnerships helped the company import many up-to-date technologies that are a need for today’s medicine, including telemedicine. 

How medical equipment contributes to the development of telemedicine

Sometimes in-person visits can demand higher costs, this can be both from the point of finances and the health condition of the patient. The road that the patient needs to pass to get to the healthcare facility, can hurt financially, especially when the condition doesn’t require urgent measures and the patient, for example, lives in a region, away from the facility. In another situation, where the patient, for example, is in a heavy health condition and can’t see doctors more frequently, telemedicine steps in and helps them communicate with specialists without leaving the bed. 

Aside from communication and online consultation, telemedicine has wider uses, that include remote monitoring, remote diagnostics, electronic prescriptions, cognitive questionaries, and so on. 

  • Remote monitoring: This includes tracking the patient’s well-being from afar, and taking measures if necessary. This is a helpful tool, especially for chronic diseases, where vital signs require continuous monitoring. The continuous monitoring helps specialists receive real-time updates on the patient’s condition and intervene in time. 
  • Remote diagnostics: The partnership with innovative medical equipment producers has allowed Steri Group to import devices that make it convenient to have remote diagnostics. This equipment includes small blood pressure monitors, digital thermometers, and so on. It is important to mention, that remote diagnostics is overpassing the standard diagnostic processes, and also spreading to getting behavioral and psychological data about the patient. 
  • Electronic prescriptions: There are many cases, where patients need a certain medicine, but can’t get it due to an expired prescription or the overall absence of it. In cases like this the electronic prescriptions step in and act as a very useful innovation. Since they allow patients to get the prescriptions electronically, without bothering in lines to get a physical one and wasting time in the process. 

With these innovations, telemedicine keeps growing and spreading to top software as well. This helps to directly communicate with the specialist or the patient, as well as discuss and proceed with the treatment process.

The contribution of telemedicine in rural areas

As mentioned above, telemedicine helps people who live away from the required medical facilities get the needed treatment via telecommunication. This practice has contributed to more patients staying home and getting medical treatment at the same time. There are many studies worldwide that prove the irreplaceable significance of telehealth especially for people living in rural areas. For example, some American researches show that there are only 30 doctors for every 100,000 patients in rural areas, and these statistics only decrease in small countries. 

Moreover, patients getting remote treatment were 23% less likely to be delivered to a hospital, which was a great contribution to the sphere of health. 

This is why it is highly important and valued to grow and develop the idea of telehealth since it is quicker and more practical.

Conclusion: The value of healthcare equipment in telemedicine

It is a common fact that technologies are a part of our everyday routine, starting from the smartphones we use every minute, to the machines that make everyday tasks easier to accomplish. 

Considering these conveniences medicine has also integrated some of them into healthcare, making it easier for people to receive the needed help. Thus, it is now easier to heal and forget about health problems.