Monday, September 12, 2016

Telemedicine Carts: New Technologies to Improve Quality of Care

Telemedicine carts are telecare stations that store, modify, and transfer medical information and images. The communication between medical professionals from different locations carried out with the help of these carts is helpful to provide better patient care. Patients residing in rural areas are able to get the best care due to mobile medical stations. It has potential to transform patient care by offering reliability, flexibility, and saving time by treating and diagnosing patients at their respective locations. The incorporation of new technology aids in the improvement of quality of patient care and reduction in overall manufacturing costs. Video-conferencing facilities and built-in medical devices assist medical practitioners in assessing patient remotely. Enhancement in efficiency of remote transfer and reduction in data transfer costs are possible due to fully equipped machines.

The trend of telemedicine carts is moving toward providing integrated solutions over the past few years. The integration of different systems is difficult for healthcare institutions or hospitals and wrong decisions in purchase of different systems could result in failure of overall project. So, manufacturers are taking specific needs of end users into consideration and delivering a fully equipped and integrated system. This helps in saving costs and improves efficiency of hospitals and institutions as systems are configured completely and guidance on proper use is provided through documentation. Along with integrated approach, telemedicine carts will become more mobile, smarter, and compact in coming years.

New product launches help manufacturers to explore new opportunities and increase customer base. The incorporation of new technologies aids in cutting down production costs and serving patients efficiently. Specialists On Call, a U.S. based company has launched the touchscreen telemedicine cart in the market, which is the first of its kind. According to the company, this cart will also help hospitals cut hardware costs by up to 60 percent. Hammad Shah, CEO of the company stated that the launch of this product marked a step toward making the telemedicine cart a commodity, providing enhanced patient outcomes. Shah said. “How will the patient benefit clinically from the intervention? The whole discussion has been around things that aren’t value-adds to the clients. It should be a clinical discussion, not a hardware discussion.”

The company launched managed services platform for hospital-based telemedicine in May 2016. This launch marked the second step toward commoditization of the telemedicine industry. CEO also emphasized on the fact that Specialists On Call is a technology company that facilitates clinical care. They believe that hospitals want reliable, cost-effective carts that provide improved patient outcomes and enhanced productivity. Technological innovation helps manufacturers to reduce their production costs, offer new features, and provide rapid outcomes. So increase in investments in R&D activities will result in reduced manufacturing costs.  

Analysts studying the industry have presented comprehensive analysis and thorough information on changing market dynamics. Big Market Research has added a report, titled, “Japan & Korea Telemedicine Cart Industry 2016 Deep Market Research Report.” 

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