Even basic data processed in remote healthcare facilities needs to be safeguarded and treated as valuable, especially since so-called "fast clinics" and digital health processing stations represent a possible means of addressing patients in an accessible way.
A press release from Florida Blue, the Florida division of Blue Cross Blue Shield, recently announced how that organization has partnered with Miami Childrens Hospital to install a HealthSpot terminal for both adults and children to get remote care.
Not only is this kiosk suited for its debut during flu season and a time for seasonal allergies (two of the conditions it is designed to treat), it is also set up to accommodate adults and children over age two alike.
In addition to video conferencing equipment, this booth, which is located in a Florida Blue center in South Miami, is also equipped with the instruments necessary to take important patient data, like weight and blood pressure. Penny Shaffer, the president of South Florida Market, said in the release that these organizations hope to accomplish more in the field of healthcare organizations.
"Florida Blue believes innovation and collaboration efforts like this are critical to the future of healthcare," she said. "We are proud and excited to meet the growing needs of our members, by providing this convenient and affordable option to access care."
Because this is part of a wider telehealth initiative called MCH Anywhere, it's likely that there will be other terminals or similar projects to supplement this one should it prove to be a success. To make sure they are using telehealth plans correctly and reaching out to patients in an effective way, smaller practices should seek a physician consultant that can help them negotiate legal difficulties with health information.