The Growing Importance of Telemedicine in Cardiology
By John Korangy, MD, MPH, DABR
What’s going on with telemedicine and cardiology?
Heart patients often require chronic care and frequent checkups,and telemedicine is especially well-suited supporting cardiology care. Doctors can meet face-to-face with patients via video conferencing technology, for example, and also monitor their patients’ health remotely through implantable cardiac devices.
The transfer of information between these devices and a patient’s health provider allows for doctors to provide almost continuous care to patients struggling with heart problems.Without the patient ever having to leave her home, telemedicine makes it possible for physicians to gather data on her heart rhythm patterns, diagnose decomposition, or detect hemodynamic abnormalities before symptoms develop.
The advances in care that telemedicine can support mean efficiencies for cardiologists and their medical practices. According to the American Health Association:
“Primary care electronic consultations with cardiologists can reduce emergency room visits. A study that included 36 primary care physicians and 590 patients found that asynchronous electronic consultations with a cardiologist could resolve about two-thirds of cardiac concerns without a specialist visit and reduced cardiac-related emergency visits during the 6-month follow-up period.”
The American Heart Association further reports that implanted cardiac monitors, as part of a telemedicine-enhanced treatment plan, help to “detect arrhythmias or device malfunctions more quickly, reducing hospitalizations for arrhythmias and strokes, and eliminating the need for some clinic visits.”
When electronic devices do the reporting, medical providers save time from not having to collect regular information updates from patients manually. In one Pennsylvania cardiology program, for example, nurses used to have to call dozens of patients a day to request data, calculate algorithms, and manually enter the information into records. With telemedicine, however, the cardiology facility was able to replace its labor-intensive patient data collection process with one that is fully automated, freeing up time for nurses and expanding the number to patients who can receive care.
How can CareClix help you?
If you’re a medical professional in the field of cardiology, CareClix can provide the technology and services you need to conduct physical examinations, order and review patients’ laboratory results, and develop care plans – all while in a different physical space than your patients.
CareClix tools support nearly continuous care for your heart patients, via virtual visits and exams and the monitoring of implantable or wearable devices.
What products can CareClix provide?
Using the CareClix platform empowers you to convert any brick-and-mortar examination room into a telemedicine suite. Using existing devices, or CareClix’s own technology, you can obtain blood pressure information, monitor heart rates,and keep tabs on the inner working of a patient’s heart – and while the patient is in another location entirely.
The CareClix platform allows for the secure and digital transfer of medical information, appointment self-scheduling, and insurance reimbursement.
If you’re interested in a more detailed explanation of what products we can offer your cardiology practice, we explain our medical exam room concept in more detail here.
About the Author:
Dr. Korangy is the Cofounder of CareClix, a Pioneer in the field of Telemedicine, and a widely respected doctor with more than a decade of experience working as a physician. Dr. Korangy specializes in radiology, and understands firsthand many challenges facing doctors and patients in today’s evolving economic and political environments. Dr. Korangy is committed to improving service delivery to patients throughout the United States, and to supporting the medical community in expanding what is possible for care. He received his medical degree from George Washington University and received medical training at Georgetown University.