Patient / Physician Consultations from Primary Care Providers to most Specialists can be provided in two modes:
Live Real Time
This is most like a regular “in-person” patient visit. Both the patient and the physician/healthcare provider are available in real time and can communicate as though in the same room. In Georgia over 40 Specialties can be scheduled for TeleMedicine appointments. The most commonly provided specialties include: Wound Care, Psychiatry, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Osteoporosis treatment, Dermatology, and Neurology.
Store & Forward
When face to face interaction is not required, this type of TeleHealth encounter allows a provider or technician at the patient or presenting site to capture diagnostic information using clinical instruments and send the digital image of the information to a clinician at a remote site. The specialty site clinician retrieves the digital images, reviews them and sends a report back to the patient / presenting site. It is commonly used for Dermatology, Radiology, and Pathology.
Store and Forward allows specialists to review patient findings at convenient times without depending on the presence of the patient. Since there is no requirement to meet face to face with the patient, Store and Forward maximizes the time a clinician spends reviewing and reporting on findings.
Patient and Clinical Education Services
Educational Services can be provided via the TeleHealth network. The network provides interesting, dynamic and timely continuing education opportunities to healthcare providers and patients in need of disease management.
Video Conferencing Support
From one-on-one to multi-point meetings, video conferencing allows for face-to-face meetings while eliminating employee travel expense.