How Technology is Helping Health Care in Remote Areas

Technology never fails to amaze an individual. There was a time when people had to travel miles to get an illness treated. For centuries, there were no cures for numerous diseases. Scientists are still struggling to find cures to many diseases but people can now access medical specialist from their homes as well.

Blizz Collaboration by TeamViewer allows remote access to anyone from anywhere. Which is a blessing in disguise for people residing in the rural areas. They can even connect to doctors and seek help from their homes.

Not only this, but technology has helped health care in many other ways too. It helps to address the following issues in rural areas.

Rural Areas and Geographic Barriers

As mentioned before, for years people in the rural areas suffered because they did not get access to quality health care. It was difficult for the doctors or specialists to reach the population residing in rural areas. They had to travel for miles to reach these people. Keeping a medical record was another challenge. But now due to the advancement in technology, this problem is addressed.

Rural Areas Face Infrastructure Issues

The resources in rural areas remain limited. Moreover, these areas lack good infrastructure facilities. An artificial Intelligence Company in China is already trying to find a solution to this particular problem. The company made use of analytics as well as deep learning to improve the medical diagnosis for people residing in the rural areas of China. What this AI company does is that medical reports, as well as images, are looked deep into. Patterns are then identified from the data of thousands of patients from urban hospitals in China.

Lack of Expertise and Training in Rural Areas

Another problem facing the rural areas is the lack of expertise as well as the training. The healthcare expertise in rural areas is not advanced enough to treat the population residing in these areas. The communities in these areas do not get access to specialized training. Apart from that, these areas also fail to attract the existing trained staff.

While the above problems remain an issue in rural areas. Many apps, gadgets, and concepts in technology are helping to resolve the issues that rural areas face.

Inventions in Technology Helping Health Care in Remote Areas

Virtual Reality

As mentioned above, rural areas do not get access to training that is worth it. However, virtual reality can and is helping to change it. Individuals who wish to join the health care sector can be presented with complex real life scenarios through virtual reality. For example, it can be very stressful to train in an emergency department. Virtual reality can help present the people with different scenarios that can help them to deal with the pressure and the time constraint. This can give an individual residing in the rural area practical experience without visiting an emergency room in person.

EHR

HER is a software that acts as a digital file cabinet for patient charts. It stores the medical history, lab results, medications, treatment plans as well as a patient’s billing information. All this takes place in a centralized database. It is crucial to rural population health management. It enables medical professionals to view the medical history of an individual. That too from wherever they want. Hence, addressing the geographic barrier issue. This platform enables patients to receive information electronically. Hence, making it possible for patients in rural areas to receive more timely and accurate information. It also allows clinics to view the history of a patient apart from evaluating previous tests. All these features help to provide more accurate treatment to the patients.

Medication ATMs

In South Africa, ATMs dispensing medicines to individuals already exist. They also exist in India. These ATMs are successfully catering to the population residing in rural areas in these countries. These ATMs help to ensure that people residing in rural areas get access to medicines without relying on pharmacies. They do not need pharmacists or doctors to be present to buy medicines. However, people should also be careful when buying medicines from these ATMs.

Glooko

This tool has taken monitoring the diabetes of an individual to the next level. It is basically a companion tool for telemedicine software. It enables rural area physicians to remotely collect and synthesize the diabetic patient data. It enables physicians to see the glucose data of a patient along with their sleep pattern, the exercises they do apart from their diet and medication.

Apart from all these, inventions like wireless patch monitors and XT patches have also made the lives of people easier. Not only this but telehealth is changing the way health care is available to people in the rural areas as well.

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Rosie Harman is a senior content strategist working for COX Customer Service. She holds a Master's in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington and has spent the majority of her career working in tech giants in Texas. When she escapes her computer, she enjoys reading, hiking, and dishing out tips for prospective freelancers on her blog.