The debate over whether or not to use mobile health options to help a certain patient population will not always be one with clear-cut answers. Practices and care groups will need to determine for themselves the best solution based on current circumstances, and if they choose a telehealth-based approach, they will have to launch it as efficiently as possible.
A recently published study looked at the possible results of using telemedical solutions to help stroke victims. A study published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health compared human oversight in response for stroke assessments versus robotic telehealth systems.
While the telehealth group took more than 8.5 minutes longer for treatment to be achieved, this doesn't necessarily mean that this process is inferior to standard supervision: the authors stated that the robotic systems could have their uses and that those observed in this study still "approached the gold standard."
"Robotic telepresence may be preferable in situations where no stroke specialist is available inhouse, especially for middle of the night and weekend staffing of residents, when a 9-min robot-associated delay is likely better than the delay associated with the supervising physician driving in to the hospital," the study's conclusion reads.
Prioritizing technological solutions based on how appropriate they will be for different situations will impact how efficient a modern health practice can be. Hospitals and health systems should use a hospital consultant for cases of information technology where outside expertise is needed.
Planning for a demanding program that involves new technology could require a thorough strategy based on the current level of the provider entity's development and the immediate state of the market. With healthcare IT consulting services, stakeholders can select the most important services before taking a risk with a new program.