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Upfront Healthcare // November 2017

Learn how doctors’ offices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare providers are entering patients’ homes, enriching their lives, and improving outcomes—without ever taking a step inside. Remember the good old days when a local doctor would be summoned directly to a person’s home? A friendly face would show up promptly, tend to the sick family member, write a script and provide warm reassurance before disappearing into the night. The memory waxes nostalgic for most, but in reality, the idea of true personal care is a distant dream of the past. Today, patients are met with crowded waiting rooms, hard-to-reach doctors and medicine dictated by insurance companies. No more familiar smiles. No more neighborly advice. This dismal portrait of American healthcare has become the stereotype. And as technology advances, people assume the problem is getting worse. To save time and resources, facilities are trading in live consultations for online forms. The sign that used to read “walk-ins are welcome” is now “schedule your appointment online.” But what if we told you this bleak vision of today’s doctors’ offices, urgent care facilities and nursing homes is not only exaggerated—but also completely mistaken? What if there was a way you could harness technology to deliver prompt, personalized care as easily and effectively as the cherished house call of


Ironically, as technology advances at breakneck speed, telemedicine (also known as telehealth, virtual healthcare, or e-health) is bringing us back to a time when we never had to leave our homes to get a professional opinion. These cutting-edge tools are enabling doctors and practitioners to assess, diagnose, and treat patients of all ages—and all around the globe— in real time, using a variety of two-way technologies for communication. The cold, sterile instruments a doctor once drew from his black leather bag have been replaced with digital software, examination cameras, and connective programs like Skype and Facetime. For nursing homes and long-term care facilities, these capabilities are revolutionary. Thanks to mobile medical devices and streaming technologies, patients with chronic diseases can have their blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and vital signs monitored from the comfort of their bedsides. The data can then be stored and reviewed remotely by doctors and other caregivers, saving precious time, and in many

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