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As technology continues to advance, medical practice evolves with it as physicians continuously search for the best ways to treat patients. You can now access medicinal services and information that previously would be unavailable with the innovation of telemedicine. Telemedicine allows healthcare professionals to use electronic communication technology to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients remotely, with convenient, efficient access to medical expertise.
The physicians at Fox Medical Centers utilize telemedicine to consult with specialists at other facilities for the best possible treatment options, or in the case of a patient transfer for reception of a higher level of care. Diagnostic images, test results, and medical histories can now be shared with consulting physicians in the blink of an eye for diagnoses, and development of treatment plans.
Through the usage of telemedicine, our patients and staff benefit from a harmonious partnership between Fox Medical Centers and additional facilities that may provide more complex or specialized care to expedite treatment locally. This state-of-the-art technology allows physicians at other medical facilities to view medical images and documents while maintaining the standard of patient confidentiality.
Telemedicine offers several benefits, including:
- Improved Access to Medical Care – Telemedicine has the properties to uniquely increase service to patients in both rural and urban areas that are afflicted from healthcare provider shortage.
- Cost Effective – The use of telemedicine has been shown to reduce the overall costs of healthcare and increase the efficiency of treatment. Additionally, the service aids patients in the reduction of travel time, and shortened, even elimination of hospital stay time.
- Improved Quality of Care – Studies have shown that the quality of health care service provided through the use of telemedicine is on par with that of traditional consultation.
While it has been present in some form for nearly 40 years, telemedicine remains a rapidly growing field of medical care. As the technologies used in medical care continue to evolve, Fox Medical Centers strive to continuously develop with the field, always seeking the latest in medical treatment and technology.