Published on April 29, 2017

How Telemedicine Is Transforming Healthcare

How Telemedicine Is Transforming Healthcare

The future of medicine is here! Thanks to advanced solutions in medicine and new technological breakthroughs, people are healthier and living longer. As we continue to innovate and personalize our medical experiences, telehealth services will become more and more common. In fact, with the help of companies like ELA Health, people living in rural communities finally have better access to specialist care and the medical treatment their small towns have lacked.      

 

Take Mary. She’s 57 years old and lives in a remote town in southern Georgia. Her health isn’t what it used to be, and after years of taking care of her family, she’s started to experience medical problems of her own. Much to her displeasure, her primary care physician just diagnosed her with Type 2 Diabetes. She also suffers from high blood pressure and obesity. She knows she needs specialized care, but the local hospital closed two years ago and Mary can’t afford to take an entire day off of work to travel to the closest specialist. Not knowing what to do, Mary waits until her health reaches the point of crisis and is hospitalized over a problem that could have been treated if she had an easier way to see a specialist. 

 

Fortunately for people like Mary, ELA Health, along with other telehealth services, is moving into rural communities to bridge the healthcare gap and bring people the medical expertise that’s missing from their lives. This means that someone like Mary can finally get the medical attention they need before it turns into something even more serious.

 

Here’s how it works. First, the patient needs to visit their primary care doctor and get a referral. After that, they can either take that referral to the ELA Health terminal in their doctor’s office or to a nearby ELA Health care center. There they’ll be seen by a nurse or tech to take their vital signs and important information, and then they’ll meet with a specialist remotely. This doctor will discuss their medical problems, and, based on their findings, recommend additional tests or provide prescriptions. They’ll also be available for follow-up appointments to track their patient’s progress.

 

Healthcare for some just isn’t an option. Thankfully, with the advent of telehealth services, people in small towns and rural communities can finally get the care they need without having to leave their neighborhoods. Not only are companies like ELA Health minimizing the expenses associated with traveling for medical attention, they’re transforming healthcare as a whole by providing specialist care to the people who need it the most. 


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