Telemedicine Making Strides Thanks to Video Conferencing
When it comes to audio and video conferencing in the 21st century, medical services are starting to go in the same direction as the business world. More and more medical facilities and doctors are turning to telemedicine in order to help as many people as they possibly can. While there are some truly advanced solutions that allow for telemedicine, other doctors are finding that simply using Skype (News - Alert) will get the job done just fine.
The problem with the speed at which this kind of conferencing is taking place, is that the technology seems to be ahead of the actual rules governing such technology. There have been a number of different legislatures that have tried to tackle the issue of just how the regulation of this particular type of medicine should go. When it comes to the world of conferencing, the business sector has actually been at it for quite a bit longer. There are more companies that have an advanced knowledge of everything the technology can do and what it can’t do, and telemedicine is just starting to catch up.
Despite the fact that there is plenty of trepidation when it comes to telemedicine and having a doctor see a patient using video conferencing, it doesn’t appear the practice is going to stop anytime soon. The doctors who are doing this kind of practice are not limited to small towns and single-practice type facilities. The University of Miami has itself a telemedicine branch that routinely treats patients from all walks of life through video conferencing.
In particular, the University has a mobile pediatric unit, a bus that is equipped with a doctor who travels around and is able to treat patients over a wide area. When a patient needs a specialist, the bus is set up with state of the art video conferencing equipment in order to reach that specialist.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson