The Telemedicine Revolution: Patients Can’t Wait
How High Bandwidth, Low Latency Ethernet Communications Is Changing The Practice Of Medicine
Learn how Telemedicine improved access to quality care for their business, using:
- Applications such as remote consultations, monitoring, and continuing education
- Scalable, secure, and accurate, data movement via Comcast Ethernet
- Improved information flow for research institutions, health care practitioners, government and patients
Ethernet is gaining traction in health networks thanks to its network simplicity, high bandwidth capacity, scalable and flexible service provisioning, and most-important, significant savings in capital investments for equipment and service deployments. The need to establish end-to-end service reliability and measurable performance guarantees, and access already exists in many locations where access is required, and Comcast is expanding and investing in new locations daily.
New research findings, new technologies, and the ever- more urgent needs for speed and cost-efficiency are converging to drive a revolution in medicine. Supporting this convergence are high-speed secure telecommunications networks, enabling unprecedented teamwork among institutions, researchers, practitioners and patients to create a new paradigm: telemedicine, the exchange of medical information via electronic communications among dispersed facilities and patients to improve patient health.
Ethernet enables high bandwidth telemedicine applications including:
- Remote consultations
- Remote monitoring
- Continuing medical education
The goal of telemedicine:
Telemedicine breaks down barriers of distance: for example, in rural areas where the doctor-to-patients ratio is high and where quality care (both routine and emergency) can be hard to reach; and barriers of time, which is critical in emergencies such as stroke, heart attack and trauma, is where telemedicine helps close the gap and improve outcomes. In cases such as rehabilitation, diabetes and mental health where routine check-in supports successful results, telemedicine brings doctors and patients together. Telemedicine also helps overcome some practical barriers, even in metropolitan areas. Delivering medical care in prisons, for example, offers unusual challenges of safety and security for providers. Telemedicine can help doctors treat patients while minimizing the potential risk presented by such settings. Nursing homes are often located in metropolitan areas where Ethernet-based services are available. Ethernet offers a cost-effective network alternative to transporting patients to a medical facility.
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