According to an article by Dr Indra Joshi, on the NHS website, the global market for digital health is expected to reach almost £43 billion during 2018 and £408 billion by 2025. The most promising market for growth is mobile health with sales of apps and wearables predicted to increase by 35 per cent in the UK during 2018.
As technology continues to advance and revolutionise patient care, our medical records can be stored online, appointments can be booked online and we can attend consultations over the phone or via video (teleconsultations). And as augmented and virtual reality continues to develop, surgeons may be able to use it as a training tool and practice surgery in a VR environment.
Video Conferencing within the NHS
Video Conferencing solutions are being utilised more and more frequently as healthcare professionals become increasingly aware of their benefits. It is an industry which is predicted to continue growing, supported by Transparency Market Research predicting the industry to be worth £26 billion by 2020.
Whether the systems are used for outpatient check-ups, remotely supporting patients with physiotherapy, consultations, a multi-disciplinary team meeting, or a cross site trust meeting, video can enhance your communication and collaboration abilities.
By utilising video conferencing healthcare providers could save time and money, reduce waiting times and help more patients, connect with specialists all over the world, improve medical training, view surgeries and more.
The NHS is gradually introducing services that allow patients to speak to a physician through their mobile devices via video call, phone call, or text. With the NHS under a lot of pressure to reduce waiting times, can teleconsultations be the answer?
Around January this year, hospitals were under an enormous amount of pressure with the amount of people visiting A&E, mostly due to patients visiting with complications from the flu. In January, Nottingham’s QMC was put on ‘black alert’ after it had more than 600 patients arriving in A&E despite the department being designed to handle 350.
Video appointments with physicians is something we will see become increasingly popular over the next few years. You may already be able to book appointments online, as well as have an appointment with your doctor over the phone. While phone call consultations are useful, video has an array of additional benefits. Read more about the benefits of teleconsultations here.
Video conferencing has many benefits that can give your organisation a competitive advantage, you can reach far more patients, reduce waiting times, connect with specialists, improve medical training and enhance the ability to observe surgeries. No longer are you restricted geographically or by time/money, easily connect with people anywhere, over multiple devices.
Our solutions help the NHS to transform the development and delivery of care to many vulnerable patients in their homes and in the community, as well as providing support for carers and allied health professionals.
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