As the number of hospitals in rural communities continues to contract, healthcare organizations are successfully caring for patients by providing telemedicine in rural areas. Rather than require patients to spend hours driving to doctors’ offices and healthcare facilities that are far from home, healthcare providers are using telehealth technology for video and voice conferencing as well as remote monitoring to enable individuals to receive care in their homes or local doctor’s office.
Telemedicine in rural areas may include telehealth services such as:
To support the practice of telemedicine in rural areas, healthcare providers need a medical practice or hospital network that can deliver the bandwidth, availability and minimal latency required by sophisticated health information technology.
Many applications and technologies developed to provide telemedicine in rural areas involve bandwidth-intensive data transfer. From photos and videos required for medical imaging to audio transcripts of procedures and diagnostics, medical data often resides in extremely large files. Providers need network services that can guarantee a high, dedicated bandwidth at all times to ensure timely delivery of files. Minimal latency is also critical to delivering telemedicine in rural areas, especially for telesurgery. And always-on availability of medical data is essential for reducing errors in diagnosis, accelerating claim processing and promoting collaboration between remote practitioners.
Spectrum Enterprise is a leading provider of fiber technology and network solutions for healthcare organizations throughout the United States, providing comprehensive solutions that make it easier to practice telemedicine in rural areas.
With Spectrum Enterprise, healthcare organizations have a partner that can help to make providing telemedicine in rural areas simpler and more affordable.