Telemedicine – A new cutting edge in OB/GYN

A little delay in treatment can give rise to uninvited health problems for women during the time of emergency. Telemedicine is a treatment meant to provide modern health solutions to women in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. This concept has been brought into existence for increasing efficiency, widening the scope of obstetric practice, refining pregnancy outcomes, and minimizing the costs of the health care system.

Telemedicine has been put into use to analyze ultrasound reports, interpret non-stress tests, counsel patients, manage diabetes, manage postpartum depression, and provide assistance to parents and children postpartum belonging to remote areas.

The prominent advancements in technology have played a crucial role in alleviating the shortage of physicians for women who need access to pre and post-natal care, reproductive guidance, and various other aspects of Maternity care through an online gynecologist. It has become more sophisticated with increased access and encourages clients to make them feel self-responsible for their care.

 

What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine can be defined as the transmission of medical information from one site to another with the help of electronic communication to offer various clinical services. It is a group of tools such as:

  • Two-way video
  • Wireless tools
  • Remote Imaging to provide services to the patients without them having a physical visit.

 

Serving the Underserved

Origin of Telemedicine is revolutionizing healthcare industry everywhere. The best part for the people residing in remote areas is that various Hospitals, Workplace Clinics, Patient Homes, and doctor’s offices are incorporating Telemedicine into their operations. Various other services that are an integral part of Telemedicine are Consultation Session, Imaging, and Remote Vital Sign via Bluetooth. It provides care for a variety of OB GYN conditions, including:

  • Birth Control
  • Menopause
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Hypertension and Preeclampsia
  • Pelvic Pain
  • STIs and Sexual Health
  • UTI
  • Incontinence
  • Mastitis
  • Rashes
  • Endometriosis
  • Vulvodynia

Benefits that are covered under Telemedicine for Gynecology are:

  • Handle Medications 

    Managing medications for severe problems like depression, stress or anxiety, blood pressure, birth control, or refilling prescriptions doesn’t possess adequate reasons to bring patients into the office. Therefore, OB/GYN is available to conduct non-scheduled medications to the women residing in remote areas.

 

  • Extend Postoperative Care

    It’s our prime duty to ensure the safety of our patients and provide them with the highest possible care. OB/GYNs are meant to deliver high touch postoperative care. Women patients who have undergone a serious procedure like C-section allows doctors to provide them with the remote treatment without bothering the patients for a physical visit.

 

  • Discussion on lab results

    Having face to face conversation for the discussion of sensitive matters like Biopsies, PAP smears, STD Screening results is our priority. Our entire focus is to provide our patients with the utmost care at no inconvenience.

 

  • Observe Treatment Plans

    Some conditions require immediate treatment such as postpartum depression, gestational diabetes, etc. For these situations, Real-time telemedicine health care system is ideal for implementing.

 

Overcoming Women’s health barriers with Telemedicine

Even now, it’s a challenging task for women and girls to give a physical visit to the doctor’s office for healthcare services. With the advent of smartphones and video conferencing, such barriers are minimizing to help them out with the help of telemedicine services through online doctor advice. It also helps in helping women from worsening their medical conditions. Rural women are enjoying more benefits from it as compared to urban ones.

This tool covers a broader aspect and more comprehensive scope application-wise:

  • Real-time databases and tools to ensure standards of care
  • Crucial pathways and patient outcomes
  • Computer-assisted diagnosis
  • Efficient drug information and e-prescription filling
  • Enhanced availability of research data

 

Abstract

The main objective of introducing Telemedicine is meeting the needs of healthcare customers. It can enhance the healthcare conditions by making the services easily accessible and efficient in the reduction of the need to travel, providing clinical assistance, removing geographical hurdles, making it applicable to access digital devices for communication process, improving patient outcomes through feedback, and various other approaches. Telemedicine has been proving to be a successful tool in terms of delivering care to all the sections of the population.