May 13, 2023
The European Academy of Neurology states that 1 in 3 people suffer from a neurological condition at some point in their lives, which means that the demand for qualified neurological help is always high. At the same time, like the rest of the healthcare subspecialties, the neurological field is suffering from personnel shortages and burnout. For care providers who want to navigate these challenges and enhance the quality of care delivery, telemedicine solutions tuned for neurological specialties can be the best solution.
neurologists are currently employed in the US
neurologists used telehealth in 2021
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neurologists agreed that telehealth increased their professional satisfaction
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Solutions developed for the department of neurology include the same core elements as general-use software for telehealth appointments: separate servers for video and audio streaming as well as for data storage and processing. However, the variety of additional integrations and interfaces for medical professionals, admins, and patient access makes the solution neurology-specific.
Functionality differs across telehealth neurology applications depending on the providers’ specialties and service scopes. Still, the solutions most commonly include features for secure communication with patients, monitoring their conditions, and engaging with them.
Enable neurologists to access patients’ health history, including immunization, allergy, and medication records, for more precise diagnosis and treatment by connecting the telehealth platform to the EHR system of choice.
With a PMS integration, you can streamline medication management for patients and their caregivers, including receiving prescriptions, validation, refills, or changes due to adverse reactions.
Facilitate 24/7 condition monitoring and help neurologists examine patients more thoroughly using specialized devices that instantly exchange data with the telehealth app.
Connect the teleneurology platform to the laboratory information system and give neurology specialists faster access to detailed lab test reports for speedy diagnosis or treatment monitoring.
With an analytics software integration, neurologists can extract valuable insights from tests, symptom logs, EHR, and medical images for accurate diagnostics and offer personalized data-based treatment to patients.
Make sure your medical personnel gets reimbursement for teleneurology services faster and in full, and simplify payment through the teleneurology app by connecting it to financial software.
Online neurologists can perform various tasks through telehealth, from swift diagnoses and urgent patient care recommendations to chronic neurological conditions management and annual checkups. Therefore, such remote care delivery is perfect for those unable to make in-person visits to the specialist’s office: patients with restricted mobility or incapacitating mental health conditions, those belonging to the high-risk groups during the pandemic, pediatric patients, the elderly, or people living in medically underserved regions.
Clinicians, patients, caregivers, and system admins perform different actions and need access to different types of information in a teleneurology application. Therefore, the teleneurology user experience varies significantly for each user group, and developers should cater to them all.
As a relatively new technology in the healthcare field, teleneurology has its limitations. While some challenges, like licensing difficulties for out-of-state specialists, need to be addressed on the legislative level, others can be easily solved by an experienced implementation partner.
Physicians’ reluctance to learn a new technology
Privacy and security concerns
Teleneurology software should be developed according to telehealth interoperability policies and security protocols. It should also employ standard security capabilities like end-to-end data encryption and two-factor authentication and comply with HIPAA, GDPR, or other local regulations.
Complications with obtaining medical images like EEG, CT-scans
It is true that some medical images still have to be taken in-person at a special facility. Yet, medical IoT is developing rapidly, so more and more diagnostic procedures can be performed in real-time during virtual visits. Remote EEG services are already available for ICU and ER units and are in the testing stage for in-home use.
The AAN confirms that telemedicine for neurology benefits multiple demographic groups of patients, medical professionals, and healthcare organizations if implemented correctly.
to transfer data seamlessly between other healthcare software
with clear objectives and a roadmap in mind
to ensure stable performance and quick recovery in case of disruptions
Used by trained personnel
to ensure the workflows’ efficiency and user satisfaction
to prevent burnout in neurologists and other medical staff
Secure and compliant
to protect patient data and your neurologists’ licenses
easy to update when your institution’s goals or needs change
to support you in growing your patient base and service portfolio
The human brain is the most powerful and fragile organ in our bodies, making fast medical response essential in case of injury or malfunction. Therefore, healthcare organizations should strive to give patients easy access to quality neurological services even if no neurology specialists are in the area. Teleneurology helps neurology specialists reach patients in underserved areas, and those who can’t travel to the hospital frequently due to health conditions. Providers who have adopted teleneurology report elevated levels of patient trust with fewer readmissions and no-shows, improved professional satisfaction from the medical specialists, and increased revenue. If you want to tap into such benefits, Itransition can be your reliable telehealth technology partner.
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