Telehealth: Removing Roadblocks to Care

While many of us are accustomed to having readily available access to healthcare, that isn’t the reality for many in remote locations. At GlobalMed we know telemedicine can bring care to remote areas, but even with advancements in technology, people in rural and remote locations continue to face limitations in accessing healthcare.

From specialist shortages to long wait times to transportation barriers, many people around the world don’t live near well-equipped hospitals that provide readily available access to care—leaving rural residents to either travel for care or go without the healthcare resources they need.

Four Ways Telemedicine is Improving Access to Care

1. Reducing long wait times. 

One of patient’s biggest complaints with healthcare in remote locations is how long it takes for an appointment—leading many to travel to be seen quicker. In many cases, travel is not just a drive to the closest urban center but requires an extended stay in a distant location including many modes of travel to get there.

Africa is facing a dramatic public health crisis – with high communicable and chronic disease rates, maternal mortality, neonatal deaths and a shocking number of HIV/AIDS cases. A primary factor in this crisis is the lack of access to health care. In remote Zimbabwe villages healthcare may be limited to a monthly visit from a nurse whose job it is to see as many patients as possible in a single day. But what happens when someone has an emergency on an unscheduled day? Through implementation of virtual care, patients can be seen even when a healthcare provider isn’t scheduled to visit their village—removing the potentially lethal long wait time for care.

2. Improving access to specialists.

Rural areas across the world lack specialist care and many patients will travel to areas where their condition is better treated.

In rural South Dakota, patients at Indian Health Services (IHS) lacked access to primary and specialty care causing 130,000 underserved American Indians and Alaska Natives to travel long distances for needed care.

In the Texas Panhandle, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) surgery team decided to tackle the region’s high skin cancer rates by partnering with local clinics in small towns to bring mobile screenings for melanoma to local residents, no travel required.

3. Reducing the cost of care.

In remote areas, receiving care can be more expensive than the cost of traveling and receiving care in more densely populated areas.

In Alaska, many people live in remote areas. To receive needed care, many must travel great distances from their remote villages to Anchorage. Yet care in Anchorage can be 35 percent more expensive than care in the State of Washington—leading many Alaskans to travel even farther for more affordable care. But telehealth can be utilized for several services that would have previously required Alaskans to travel including cardiology, maternal health, endocrinology, and more. By implementing a telebehavioral health program Indian Health Services allowed IHS patients in Alaska to avoid more than 500,000 miles of travel—saving them more than $305,000.

4. Removing transportation barriers.

In remote worksites, transportation barriers can make it difficult for patients to receive access to needed care without traveling.

While Brazilian petroleum giant Petrobas has urgent care nurses on their oil platforms, they can’t always diagnose or judge the acuity of a health problem. This uncertainty meant that illnesses or injury could involve a costly, risky, and often unnecessary helicopter evacuation to a mainland hospital.  By conducting telemedicine visits between the urgent care nurses on the production platforms and physicians at the hospitals, employees were able to be treated without requiring costly and risky transportation.

Prisons often need to transport inmates to hospitals or specialty providers for care, with an annual price tag of $90 million nationwide. To manage costs and ensure quality care for inmates, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice implemented a telemedicine solution. By utilizing the telemedicine program, which reduced the need to transport inmates, Texas saved $780 million over 14 years.

Growing Telemedicine Possibilities to Improve Access to Care

Many providers and patients have utilized telehealth for consultations and diagnostic care, but telemedicine is now expanding to improve access to more healthcare needs without the need to travel.

To allow for treatment of serious conditions in remote areas and to continue this advancement of telehealth, it is vital to ensure that technology solutions go beyond a simple video conference and allows for data sharing between providers and EHR integration —increasing patient confidence in the care they are receiving without the need to travel.

DoctorNowGH® Telehealth Solution Arrives In Ghana To Provide A Virtual Healthcare Solution As COVID-19 Cases Grow

KWAB Emerging Technologies (KWAB Tech), Ltd. has launched an amazing new telehealth app called DoctorNowGH®. In the era of growing COVID-19 cases and an increasing use of virtual meetings, telehealth presents a safe, quick, and affordable alternative to the traditional way of healthcare delivery.

KWAB Emerging Technologies (KWAB Tech), Ltd. has launched an amazing new telehealth app called DoctorNowGH®. In the era of growing COVID-19 cases and an increasing use of virtual meetings, telehealth presents a safe, quick, and affordable alternative to the traditional way of healthcare delivery.

“When you think of KWAB Tech, think Amazon, but for Africa.” said Kwabena Tuffour, the CEO of KWAB Emerging Technologies, while talking about the platform. DoctorNowGH®  is an innovative new app, which focuses on improving the traditional healthcare delivering system by providing an online doctor consultation service on demand. This will greatly reduce the cycle of outpatients with general and specialized medical queries where physical examination is not required. The app offers a wide range of useful features including appointments and follow-up scheduling, video and audio call consultations, prescription generation, secure payment options, and more planned future features around delivery of medications.

KWAB Emerging Technologies (KWAB Tech), Ltd. has launched an amazing new telehealth app called DoctorNowGH®. In the era of growing COVID-19 cases and an increasing use of virtual meetings, telehealth presents a safe, quick, and affordable alternative to the traditional way of healthcare delivery.

“When you think of KWAB Tech, think Amazon, but for Africa.” said Kwabena Tuffour, the CEO of KWAB Emerging Technologies, while talking about the platform. DoctorNowGH® is an innovative new app, which focuses on improving the traditional healthcare delivering system by providing an online doctor consultation service on demand. This will greatly reduce the cycle of outpatients with general and specialized medical queries where physical examination is not required. The app offers a wide range of useful features including appointments and follow-up scheduling, video and audio call consultations, prescription generation, secure payment options, and more planned future features around delivery of medications.

Kwabena created DoctorNowGH after a life changing experience during his trip to Ghana in 2019. He experienced symptoms of malaria during his trip but could not find a doctor nearby. He saw this as an opportunity to solve a problem for Africa and particularly Ghana and created this digital healthcare platform to bridge the gap between certified medical professionals and the general population. The app will ultimately benefit Africa with its great blend of innovation and cutting-edge technology.

KWAB Emerging Technologies, Ltd. is a global technology company with focus on providing solutions that improve the lives of people. KWAB Tech’s immediate focus is in the Telehealth and Telepharma areas in Africa, providing a viable technology alternative to the traditional delivery of healthcare. For the next decade, KWAB Tech is committed to improving the livelihood Africans and supporting the overall delivery of new healthcare systems across the continent.

For more information, please visit our website at: www.doctornowgh.co

Media Contact: support@doctornowgh.co

AMEYAW MEETSCOVID-19 exposes Disparities In Health Care Among People Of Colour – Dr. Daniel Laroche

 

“During the coronavirus pandemic, people should guard their eyes with glasses or face shields to protect their eyes from virus infection. Wash hands frequently, follow good contact lens hygiene and avoid rubbing or touching our mouth, nose, and especially our eyes,” says Dr. Daniel Laroche, Director of Glaucoma Services and President of Advanced Eyecare of New York. He is also affiliated with the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, Island Eye Surgical Center, and New York University.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also changed the way people visit their doctors. For patients over 60, Dr. Laroche advises it’s better to stay home and do telehealth over the phone or video consultation until the pandemic flattens.

“ One of the things that we noticed during the pandemic is that many of the seniors do not know how to use the smart phone. So it is very important to get the kids and the family at this time to teach them how to use it, teach them how to do video conferencing with their doctor. There are many ailments that you can stay home and the doctor can prescribe medication for you.”

Dr. Laroche says there is another critical issue that COVID-19 has brought to the forefront and that is the issue of health care disparities among Black and Brown people. “Nationally, African American deaths from COVID-19 are nearly two times greater than would be expected based on their share of the population. In four states, the rate is three or more times greater. In forty-two states, plus Washington, D.C., Hispanics make up a greater share of confirmed cases than their share of the population. In eight states it’s more than four times greater,” he says, adding: “In stark contrast, White deaths from COVID-19 are lower than their share of the population in thirty-seven states.”

According to Dr. Laroche these disparities have existed for hundreds of years in America. “We have a system in America that was really built to create these disparities. If you go back to 1790 where the only people who could be citizens of the US were the white citizens according to the naturalization act by law. Blacks were not allowed to be citizens, they were not allowed to own lands, they were not allowed access to education.  If you go back, that was the foundation of the country. Although we have made a lot of progress, we have not really dealt with the institutional issues that were created under the system of white supremacy.”

He adds that impact of COVID-19 has been more on people of colour, also because of the disparities in employment, blacks tend to make up more of the essential workers like the people that work in the supermarkets, bus drivers, train conductors and things of that nature so they are more exposed to the virus.

Dr. Laroche highlighted several measures to help address and combat the issue of disparities in health care among people of colour.  These include: Increasing the number of Black and Afro-Latino physicians worldwide; Implementing universal healthcare; Increasing wealth and education which produces better health; Providing a living income stipend for poor people to access food and reduce malnutrition; and Eliminating racism to reduce stress.

Other measures include: Identifying white supremacist organizations as terrorist groups; Recommend all corporations have people of color in the top management and leadership positions; Eliminating sole reliance on standardized testing as the criteria to be used at entry to magnet schools; Provide more funding to reduce homelessness and for mental health; and The government should also require medical school, research and hospital funding to diversify and benefit people of colour.

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