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The Use of Telemedicine 百科知识
CNN Student News - September 19, 2016
The Use of Telemedicine
Mercy Hospitals, which operates health care centers in several U.S. states, recently invested $54 million in a hospital that houses no patients whatsoever. It`s part of the health care industry`s increasing use of telemedicine, giving virtual care to patients through a computer, a tablet, a smartphone. Some supporters characterize it as the modern day version of house calls.
But telemedicine has its downsides. For one thing, some patients are hesitant to trust someone over a screen whom they haven`t met in person.
If the technology or Internet connection is weak, obvious problems there. And some doctors are concerned that if they don`t see a patient in person, they may miss something that`s wrong.
For others though, telemedicine benefits both the patient and the provider.
OK, it`s ready for blood pressure.
Leroy Stroberg (ph) lived sixty miles from any major city in Missouri. He`s 80 years old and he`s recovering from three small strokes.
It`s when I get to pat your back there.
Heart disease like Leroy`s costs the U.S. $358 billion per year, costs for care that`s only increasing. To keep costs down, but still provide efficient care for people like Leroy, hospitals are going virtual.
You look lovely today.
Leroy is one of 250 starter patients in the Mercy Virtual Care Program. It`s part of Mercy Hospital and the goal is to keep people from continually using the emergency room.
Leroy talks to nurses twice a week through his iPad. And back at Mercy, they analyze vital signs that can raise red flags and report it back to the patient`s doctor.
Can I see your elbow again that you had issues with?
The sickest 5 percent of patients are typically responsible for about half of the healthcare spent. They`re spending half of your healthcare dollar while their quality of life deteriorates. So, we need an answer for those patients.
And under new federal guidelines, hospitals are now partly responsible for keeping costs down and continual emergency room visits could mean a penalty. Mercy estimates that they`ve reduced emergency room visits for their patients by one third.
That has been a big reward for me and the satisfaction that I got somebody to talk to and to help keep track me, am I OK?
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