Is telehealth the future of healthcare?

Mar 27, 2020animation application, Blog, video-based learning0 comments

At this point, the internet of medical things is already such a vast and useful resource pool. As most things are available on this medium, healthcare video animation and online services should not come at a surprise for any of us. In the past days, as the world races to self-isolations and social distancing, digitized health communication and services plays an unprecedentedly powerful and transparent role. In a very definite way, the Covid-19 pandemic is strongly hinting to us how to move forwards to the future of medical services. 

Both healthcare professionals and people with illnesses use the store of knowledge online a lot — from records to knowledge attainment. What’s the situation like right now, and what are the potentials for the future? Let’s find out. 

How do medical workers use healthcare animation?

Even today, doctors spend almost eight hours a day on telehealth apps — from electronic health records of the patients to communication boards and extra researches. 

Online communication applications are obviously more and more important and pronounced these days. It’s not just companies who have freelancers and remote workers that use them — even the office based ones, including hospitals, use them because of how useful they are.

A more medical-specific technology is the use of electronic health records (EHR). These are very convenient for doctors because they are:

  • Easily accessible
  • Take up little space
  • Made up of notes and 3D diagrams and animations of the patients

The latter is especially helpful in visualizing the problem and situation of individual patients. Each case — particularly more complicated ones — can be simulated using 3D and AR technology to present accurate information that doctors can act upon. 

Aiding doctors with their unending education

Another very important part of a healthcare professional’s life is the one about medical expertise. If you think the seven years of education and training usually required for doctors is long, think again, because the learning doesn’t end there. Of course, we know that learning never ends for just about anyone, but this is much more crucial to health workers. Medical techniques, medicines, and diseases are always changing, and medical professionals must always be aware of these developments. 

While many researchers will go into academic papers, most medical staff members are too busy to spend time reading essays. For them, the best medium is simple presentations and demonstrative videos. Healthcare video animations — available on websites, extra courses, nurse training programs — are thus a godsend. These are precise, succinct, and easy to watch — they’re perfect for overburdened doctors and nurses. 

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What about healthcare videos for patients?

This aspect of digitized healthcare (telehealth) is equally important. Patients are increasingly resourceful nowadays. When’s the last time that you felt ill and immediately thought of going to the hospital? Unless you have a special condition, or are critically injured, you’re not likely to go to the doctors straight away. Commonly, we now immediately go onto the internet and Google search our symptoms before thinking about seeing healthcare professionals. 

As a result, medical animation and educational resources — simplified for non-professionals — are used more and more in recent years. TedEd produces quite a few videos that explain simple diseases, while the WHO applies simple 2D animation to spread awareness about common diseases and sanitation practices. Such videos can reach thousands of people in a matter of days, as they are shared between each other.  

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Doing this saves us some time and money that we would’ve otherwise spent on going to the hospital to get some basic, already available advice. At the same time, it takes time away from medical professionals who could be treating patients who are more in need of care. During the Covid-19 pandemic, hospitals all over the world are having to deal with quickly rising numbers of seriously ill people and becoming overcrowded. If you can treat yourself in the cases of normal cold or a stomachache, you can really release the pressure on these incredibly hard workers! 

The future is telehealth

If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we humans are very resourceful. We can use our technology to make health services go more smoothly and efficiently with the help of digital communication. 

Have more accurate records through animation

The future of medical services include not only astounding AR and VR simulations that can let doctors practice and analyze conditions with more precision. It also includes smaller tasks like self-diagnosis, whereby applications can help patients who are not in critical conditions tackle their simpler problems. Meanwhile, animations can provide clearer, more accurate summaries of patients’ conditions, leading to better diagnosis and treatment.  

Benefit everyone with the right medical technology 

Outside of the hospital, better digital profiles also mean that patients can be sent extra resources that can help them. Diseases are cured by healthcare professionals, but tweaks in patients’ lifestyles often have immense influence over their state of health. Little videos can thereby help patients recover better and save doctors time.

Many clinics, hospitals, and insurance companies are considering more widespread use of telehealth technology. Right now, many are employing for diagnosis of Covid-19 — since patients are advised to limit interaction and avoid infecting others. Patients can connect with a professional online, who can decide whether or not they need proper testing. It’s faster and safer! 

In short, animation and digital records are things leading the way forward for medical services and technology! Subscribe to our blog below to get notified when we find out these new developments, and in the meantime, check out some amazing material about science and medical animation down below. 

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