Presented by Group 5 members: Sandy Etienne Jaya Dubay – Ramrattan Sadna Samaroo Kelly-Ann CornibertAre you a prospective Telehealthcare client?
Definition of Telehealth The telehealth process and procedure Suitability and safety as telehealth client Technology involved (to be used) Their ICT requirements including approx cost Ethical and legal considerations Security and privacy considerations
Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long- distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Sewell & Thede(2011).
The Telehealth process includes: A telehealth consultation which is created to be as close to an actual visit as possible Workstations of telehealth provider is normally within the vicinity of the practitioners own office This saves time for the provider’s schedule and enhances the abilities of the patients to see the doctor conveniently located to them without having to commute very far.
At the patient site, the patient’s clinical information and vitals signs are assessed and collected by the telehealth nurse clinician and fax to the doctor alerting him / her of the patients information and state of readiness to be seen.
The interview is then conducted by the use of videoconferencing so the patient and doctor can see each other. Telehealth are subjected to same HIPAA policies and procedures. ( Armstrong and freush 2013)
Improved access to medical consultation and specialists. Quicker and more accurate diagnosis and treatment which leads to improved patient outcomes. Reduced travel, accommodation, and meal expenses, as location is convenient. Decreased stress
Hardware, software and peripheral devices are used to perform telehealth activities. Different technologies used for telehealth including: Telephones videophones personal computers (PCs) videoconferencing systems store and forward systems (S&F) Specialized Workstations.
Safety and security is protected by the Health Insurance policy and Accountability Act HIPAA. It establishes national standards for identity for e-health, health plans and employees. HIPAA secures and protects privacy of health data. Legal and administrative security measures are put in place to protect patient information
Telehealth allows delivery of health relatedservices and information viatelecommunication technologies. Telehealthoffers secure, individualized, private medicalsessions with specialized physicians, whichwill improve patient outcome.
How Telehealth works – please view video via hyperlink below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luClBI57BPM
Armstrong,L.M., and Freush , S.(2013). Telecommunications for nurses: Providing Successful Distance education and telehealth . 2nd edition. Springer publishing Sewell, J., Thede, L.,(2013); Informatics and nursing; Opportunities and Challenges (4th ed.). PA., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins How Telehealth work image retrieved on 17/3/2013 from http://telehealth.philips.com/how_telehealth_works.html