Here is another article about things going on around Rochester.

Telemedicine and telehealth are somewhat broad terms to describe a new and innovative field of healthcare that is becoming more readily available. By using technology, doctors and patients have easier access to one another, and to medical data and records, without even needing to be in the same country, let alone the same exam room.

According to mHealth Intelligence, the potential of new telehealth solutions is examined and evaluated. For example, many people have to leave work early or take the day off to schedule an appointment with their doctor. Through telehealth solutions, patients are able to get all of that taken care of from virtually anywhere on your mobile phone.

The University of Rochester Medical Center released an 11-page summary in August entitled “Effectiveness and Safety of Acute Care Telemedicine for Children with Regular and Special Healthcare Needs,” which outlined additional benefits besides convenience.

The study found that 28% of pediatric emergency visits were because of ear infections and sore throats. Cases like that could be easily diagnosed by telemedicine freeing up time and space for the real emergencies.

Another result from the U of R study was an impressive 98.1% completion rate of telehealth visits in children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN). Getting access to in-person care can be difficult in this population for many reasons, including anxiety, fear, and simple logistics.

Telemedicine is still only in its infancy. With revenue from the telehealth industry projected to grow from $240 million in 2013 to $1.9 billion in 2018, technologies continuing to improve, and medical professionals are learning how to better harness these powers. Research centers like the University of Rochester providing invaluable data to the ever-growing field make it only a matter of time before telehealth is the new norm in healthcare.