Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Opportunities in Telehealth

Telehealth is a fascinating opportunity for HME providers to investigate. I have written on this subject several times and feel that it is so important that I am doing it again.

The future for the health care industry may very well be based on how much of an effect telehealth has and, as we look at it today, it appears that there is a future for HME providers.

I have heard speakers at Medtrade explain the importance of telehealth and how it can be marketed. They all point out the role of the HME provider.

Physicians, nurses, and technicians, as well as family caregivers and many other members of the health care team, require current information to best care for their patients. Telehealth services can provide that to them and your company can be in the mix.

A very brief description is that the patient can daily, or as often required, use telehealth devices and send their vital signs instantly to their physician. For example, the patient can use their blood pressure cuff, spirometer, scale, blood glucose monitor, EKG and other equipment currently available. By himself or herself or with the aid of a family caregiver, they can affix the equipment and in seconds the reports are forwarded.

You should contact some of the telehealth product manufacturers and see if your company can become one of their team. VNAs, home health agencies, physicians and other healthcare services will be very pleased to discover that you can provide these tools.

Don’t miss this opportunity. Don’t put it off for tomorrow – take the first step now and see how you can become the provider of telehealth in your market. If you don’t, your competition will.

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