Connectivity Accelerating TeleMedicine
Smart Phone, Smart RX
By some estimates, 80% of Americans own smartphones; 75% have broadband. According to The Cleveland Clinic, as a result of connectivity, distance health will be one of the top 10 Medical Innovations this year. Their reasoning is the demand for distance medicine now has the global infrastructure to support and accelerate it.
By the Medical Numbers
The medical industry is buying into this.
- 90% of US health care executives say they're building telehealth systems
- 7 million US patients used telemedicine in 2018
- 19 million US patients have remote monitoring devices that feed real-time information to their doctors
Cleveland Clinic's Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit
This is a cutting edge example of telemedicine. Cleveland Clinic has advanced telemedicine tools to start immediate treatment on a patient suffering a stroke at home. It includes a telehealth connection to a neurologist and neuro-radiologist to offer expert guidance from the start remotely. This has cut the time to treatment by 40%. A fact that enables more patients to regain their ability to walk independently.
Connectivity Helping to Save Lives
Bottom-line: Momentum is building for the acceleration of distance medicine health tests, treatments and emergency medical care. The expanded deployment globally and particularly in regions of the third world is very promising.