CMS, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is one of the most influential forces shaping the future of the medical industry. CMS's policies regarding who is eligible to be reimbursed for what has a huge impact on the economic incentives available for medical facilities.
CMS's decision to reduce reimbursement for services provided to patients who have been readmitted for the same reason makes it much more difficult to solve the problem. The best procedural telemedicine uses technology to help physicians in an operating room connect with remote healthcare.
* A scale that automatically measures and reports weight, body water content, and BMI.
* A fingertip clasp measures blood oxygen and pulse rate and reports it.
* An armband that measures and reports blood pressure
* Plus many more.
Another telemedical success story is the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which has been providing digital cameras to patients with severe injuries for several years. They take a photograph of the wound every day, then every few days.
The doctors examine the picture asynchronously to determine if there are any signs of infection, misalignment, or other problems. They call the patient to discuss what they can do to prevent things from getting worse.
Education in Real-Time
One of the best benefits of telemedical devices at home is the ability for doctors and nurses to teach their patients how to use their equipment properly.
What did you get? The result? Patients who have a history of forgetting their primary inhaler will receive text messages from their nurse to remind them it is time to use them. The system has helped to reduce breathing difficulties.