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Prof. Obadiah Oghoerore Alegbe PhD
As the world population grows and at the same time Technological Development is advancing, so also are human needs especially in the field of medicine.
Hospitals are overwhelmed and distances are longer because of heavy traffic.
Patients have to wait for hours only to spend few minutes with the Medical Officer.
Patients have to wait for hours to be attended for hours
We offer our web-based infrastructure OGIEBOR – TELEMEDICINE by which for medical attention Patients can request contact with Doctors by phone or write their needs into the platform and a Medical Specialists will answer them, our system will send a mail with the medical report with a code that the patient can use to consult anytime and printout or save as pdf.
Coronavirus has changed sociology for ever. There will be less movements of the masses. Energy will be tampered with. Telecommunication infrastructure will be increased. Even form of worship will change. We are taking steps forwards to reduce the dependency of our people on unjustified external powers.
With what we offer, people travel to medical centre when really necessary. Basic medical attention can be obtained without going to the Medical Centre. In fact, Doctors can set up a table in a corner at home to offer services through the information highway.
Telemedicine is a relatively new concept, and in the world of internet, it develops with lightning speed.
Telemedicine allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance using telecommunications technology. The approach has been through a striking evolution in the last decade and it is becoming an increasingly important part of the American healthcare infrastructure.
Although the terms telemedicine and telehealth are often used interchangeably, there is a distinction between the two.
The term telehealth includes a broad range of technologies and services to provide patient care and improve the healthcare delivery system as a whole. Telehealth is different from telemedicine because it refers to a broader scope of remote healthcare services than telemedicine. While telemedicine refers specifically to remote clinical services, telehealth can refer to remote non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, in addition to clinical services. According to the World Health Organization, telehealth includes, “Surveillance, health promotion and public health functions.”
Telemedicine involves the use of electronic communications and software to provide clinical services to patients without an in-person visit. Telemedicine technology is frequently used for follow-up visits, management of chronic conditions, medication management, specialist consultation and a host of other clinical services that can be provided remotely via secure video and audio connections.
Telemedicine can be defined as the use of technology (computers, video, phone, messaging) by a medical professional to diagnose and treat patients in a remote location.
There are few limitations to how telemedicine can be applied. Here are a few examples of how it is being used today.
Using health software for routine follow-up visits is not only more efficient for providers and patients, but it also increases the likelihood of follow-up, reducing missed appointments and improving patient outcomes.
The increasing rate of chronic disease is a major challenge for our health system. It is a prime candidate for the use of telemedicine software because it makes it easier and less expensive for patients to maintain control over their health.
One telehealth program for patients with congestive heart failure reduced 30-day hospital readmissions by 73 percent and six-month readmissions by 50 percent.
Weight loss and smoking cessation are the keys to reducing heart disease and a host of other conditions. Telemedicine can be a valuable tool in connecting providers with patients to make sure they get the support they need to be successful.
When children become ill at school, they might visit a school nurse or be picked up by their parents and taken to an urgent care center. Some innovative districts have teamed up with doctors to conduct remote visits from the school. The provider can assess the urgency of the case and provide instructions or reassurance to parents.
Telemedicine software has already proven to be useful in keeping residence of assisted living facilities out of the hospital. Problems often occur at night or on weekends, making hospitalization the only option even for less urgent problems. With telemedicine, on-call doctors can conduct a remote visit to determine if hospitalization is necessary.
Because patient data will be transmitted when telemedicine is used, it is subject to HIPAA regulations. Consumer video services like Skype and Facetime do not meet this standard. In order to maintain compliance, providers must choose technology solutions that use data encryption to protect patient data.
Telemedicine is an important and quickly growing component of healthcare delivery in the United States. There are currently about 200 telemedicine networks, with 3,500 service sites in the US. In 2011 alone the Veterans Health Administration delivered over 300,000 remote consultations using telemedicine. More than half of all U.S. hospitals now use some form of telemedicine.
Yes. When used under the right conditions and for appropriate cases, telemedicine has been shown to be as safe and effective as in-person care. Of course, not every condition is conducive to treatment via video visits, so providers must use good judgement when leveraging this channel for healthcare delivery.
In order to be effective, telemedicine technologies must be easy to use for both patients and providers. The best solutions are easy for medical offices to set up and deploy and as easy for patients as the mobile device applications they use every day
Today the telemedicine field is changing faster than ever before. As technology advances at exponential levels, so does the widespread affordability and accessibility to basic telemedicine tools. For example, not only do we now have the technology for live video telemedicine, but much of the U.S. population has experience using online videochat apps (like Skype or Facetime), and access to a computer or mobile device to use them.
Telemedicine was originally created as a way to treat patients who were located in remote places, far away from local health facilities or in areas of with shortages of medical professionals. While telemedicine is still used today to address these problems, it’s increasingly becoming a tool for convenient medical care. Today’s connected patient wants to waste less time in the waiting room at the doctor, and get immediate care for minor but urgent conditions when they need it.
This expectation for more convenient care, combined with the unavailability of many overburdened medical professionals (especially primary care providers) have led to the rise of telemedicine companies. Many offer patients 24/7 access to medical care with an on-call doctor contracted by that company. Others offer hospitals and larger health centers access to extra clinical staff and specialists, for outsourcing of special cases (common model among teleradiology companies). Still others provide a telemedicine platform for physicians to use to offer virtual visits with their own patients. Increasingly, telemedicine is becoming a way to give medical practices an edge in a competitive healthcare landscape where it’s difficult to stay independent or maintain a healthy bottom line.
Also impacting the rise of telemedicine today is the growing mobile health field. With the wide variety of mobile health apps and new mobile medical devices that are consumer-friendly, patients are starting to use technology to monitor and track their health. Simple home-use medical devices that can take vitals and diagnose ear infections, monitor glucose levels, or measure blood pressure let patients gather needed medical information for a doctor’s diagnosis, without going into the doctor’s office. And again, as more patients get proactive about using technology to manage their health, they also will be more open to alternative ways to get care – through telemedicine!
We do not replace the Medical System in existence, we complement it by offering the first diagnostics and attention especially to those in distant far away from Medical Centres and those due to work need simple medical consultation so that when they decide to go to the Medical Centres, they can have ideas about their state of health and even show doctors their records on their mobile phones or tablets.
We offer simplification of Medical Diagnostics. We will have registered members and Doctors of different specialties. Our members will have two basic services:
1. They can store their own medical records that is they will entre whatever problems they have and even take pictures of their face, body, wounds etc and upload it unto our Server from where they can consult the records as many times as they like.
2. Our members can request for a Consulting Medical Doctor by writing their problems and even upload the picture of their X-ray etc. We will read it and assign a Doctor that will answer the member and even prescribe medication. The member will receive the medical prescription by mail. In some cases, our Doctor can have video-chat with the member with available apps After which the Doctor can update the records.
We will register Doctors of different specialties especially Clinical Doctor and Gynaecologists that will attend to all women matter. For direct contact with women we prefer females because women can show them private part through video chat for the specialist to advice. For now we will not register children. Only people of voting age with National Identity Card or Passport Number.
After we register some ten doctors and agree on fees with them, we fix a monthly fee for member and how they can pay into a bank account. Members will be registered online or through the help of our agents and as soon as payment is made, members can use our services. Payments is monthly and the member can request Medical Attention three times a month. Based on this we shall fix fees.
Our Agency will promote our services and attend to members. We will create a cloud based office so that the agents can open files and documents. We give them user and password Access. As time goes on many of those files will be operated from our server.
As we grow, we will start go into agreements with Medical Centres.
Every agency will have a Medical Auditor whose responsibility will be to read every request from members and thereafter assign a doctor. Messages will go round in emails. Every time a member operates the system, an email will be sent to agencies, likewise every time a Doctor updates a record and email will be sent to agencies. Agencies only respond if the member belong to their agency. Members can operate from anywhere they have access to the internet, likewise Doctors also can operate from anywhere they have internet.
The first step is to train our agents on how the system work before they can offer. We will create a user and password for them to practice.
We will give basic training to our agents.<