In the United States, healthcare coding and consulting services can be important no matter where your practice is based in order to stay within the boundaries of the law.
The possibilities for remote care can be seen in international studies, such as one that recently appeared in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health.
This particular study explored the effectiveness of mobile medical efforts in different hospitals in Colombia and Mexico between 2011 and 2013. The study contained a survey to see how these systems were used and received.
The results showed more than 1,000 remote consultations performed in this period. Although the authors of the study admit outright that "little is known about the optimal method of a telemedicine service delivery in the international setting," the research did show a seemingly high rate of treatment.
Of the patients that received telemedical attention, the average patient needed two consultations, and "ventricular septal defect" was the most commonly seen condition. The report ends with the assertion that an international telemedicine study, though challenging, is possible and easy to secure.
"Differences in staff composition, resource utilization, and perception among centers should be considered when planning for future, prospective interventions," the conclusion read.
These are all good things that your practice needs to keep in mind, and a physician consultant can give the medical center that is confused about the implication of telemedicine on the resources that you have.
With this kind of guidance you can make more informed budgeting and staffing decisions along these same lines, no matter whether you are working with local or international centers.