Remote healthcare technology was already advancing when the COVID-19 pandemic fueled an acceleration. Thanks to an increase in the internet’s speed, improvement in software, and better connectivity among platforms, remote access healthcare solutions now include allowing healthcare providers to manage multiple health conditions from a distance while at the same time guaranteeing physical facility security.
Remote access solutions permit hospital healthcare providers to improve patient care, and patient care efficiency, and save time when performing tasks in secure conditions. Administrators, doctors, nurses, and even IT teams can access facilities, computers, or data storage from anywhere within hospitals or from any other location and device. Administrators and security personnel can manage physical security from a distance.
Solutions now allow real-time access to systems using medical software programs. Blood and tissue analysis testing equipment can be directly accessed for rapid results. Patient records can be accessed at any moment, saving time and perhaps a life during a critical medical emergency. Patient and staff safety increases with the possibility for security personnel to verify, evaluate, and manage physical security situations remotely.
Of course, there are still some risks, such as the growing threat of data breaches. However, telemedicine has been highly beneficial overall.
Remote Access Solutions for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities
Technology now offers remote access possibilities that include entrance points, data storage, smart conferencing and virtual consultations, medical devices, and equipment, mobile telemedical devices, environmental sensors, and overall facility security. Healthcare providers can construct remote healthcare service infrastructures to offer these benefits.
Technology now supports medical facilities and equipment from physically distant locations over networks. Hospital professionals can benefit from remote access programs or specifically designed apps to communicate with traditional and smart medical equipment. Security teams can isolate areas or limit access to specific areas if necessary.
Telehealth permits medical professionals to offer patient care without an in-person appointment. Realized via smartphone, tablet, or computer, doctors can use live video consultations, mobile health, remote monitoring, or store-and-forward methods. The store-and-forward method is when a doctor or nurse records a video that patients can view later. Mobile health uses specific mobile apps.
Remote Monitoring of Patients
Remote patient monitoring uses technological means for monitoring and collecting patient health data and transmitting it to medical professionals for evaluation and consequential treatment. This technology is common when caring for health issues such as respiratory or heart disease, heart conditions, and diabetes.
Smart Medical Devices
The IoT is transforming healthcare. It is estimated that the market for IoT healthcare devices was worth $181 billion last year.
This refers to devices with embedded sensors for medical uses. These devices are connected to a network and will transmit data collected by the sensors to appropriate software. Some of these devices are wearable and can collect and analyze data from individual patients.
Remote Patient Monitoring medical devices connect remotely to cloud resources for further processing and data conservation which contributes to a patient’s medical history and the possibility of trend analysis. They can be used to monitor heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, weight, blood oxygen levels, and even activity levels. This data can be transmitted to a smartphone, tablet, or other device and be directly transmitted to care providers.
This permits medical personnel to monitor a patient’s condition in real-time at a much lower cost. This kind of monitoring permits earlier detection of health issues potentially preventing hospitalizations or emergency care.
They are part of the IoMT category – Internet of Medical Things. Should issues occur with a remote device, IT support personnel are notified and can either access the device remotely for problem analysis or personally examine the medical device. The possibility of remote problem resolution benefits patients and their medical care providers. Patches and software updates can also be applied remotely.
Physical Therapy Apps
Patients with occupational or physical therapy needs must repeat exercises especially when at home. New physical therapy apps for smartphones and tablets facilitate patients in being consistent with necessary exercises prescribed by hospital therapists. These apps feature interactive diagrams and videos together with data tracking abilities to transmit information directly to therapists.
Screen Sharing and Conferencing
This remote access solution permits teams of medical experts in various locations to consult and discuss health issues and specific patient conditions.
Physical Access Solutions
Hospitals have varying physical layouts featuring numerous wards or patient units. This calls for individualized physical security strategies. New technology now eliminates the need for traditional access methods of manual entry logs or manually approved accesses to and within facilities. Cloud-based systems that are contactless and can be managed remotely not only prove to be more efficient and time-saving but increase patient and staff security significantly.
Technological advancements allow for specific areas to be segregated. Authorization can be granted or revoked in real time for patients, visitors, staff, or service providers to limit risks. Patients and property are easily protected from unauthorized visits. Badge scanners, PTZ dome cameras, biometric recognition, thermal monitoring, or mobile device apps with integrated video monitoring systems permit access control management.
Automation with AI behavior recognition increases the detection of potential security issues alerting security teams for more rapid and effective intervention.
Remote Access Solution Benefits
The benefits of the use of remote access solutions for health care are multiple. Remotely connected professional healthcare affords greater privacy, flexibility, convenience, early detection of potential health issues, reduced risks, and fewer travel and recovery costs. These solutions also permit the treatment of some chronic and acute medical conditions at home more cost-effectively. Remote access physical security increases patient and staff safety and property protection.