Telemedicine is the remote delivery of healthcare services, such as health assessments or consultations by means of telecommunications technology. It allows healthcare providers to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients using common technology, such as video conferencing and smartphones, without the need for an in-person visit.
Telemedicine can be classified into 3 different categories: Remote Patient Monitoring, Store-and-Forward, and Interactive Telemedicine.
SPG Health Remote Patient Monitoring also known as tele-monitoring, allows patients with chronic diseases to be monitored in their homes with mobile medical devices that collect data about blood sugar levels, blood pressure or other vital signs. Remote caregivers can review the data instantly.
SPG Health Store-and-Forward, also known as asynchronous telemedicine, lets providers share patient information, such as lab results, with a physician at another location.
SPG Health Interactive Telemedicine / SPG Virtual Physician allows physicians and patients to communicate in real time live using a phone, tablet or computer wherever, whenever (software complies with HIPPA regulations).
Arizona lawmakers are moving forward to expand insurance coverage for telemedicine and add more healthcare services, including asynchronous tele-health and remote patient monitoring.The state Senate and House Health and Human Services committees recently held a special joint meeting to discuss how connected care technologies can expand access to care and improve outcomes in the state. The impetus for the meeting is SB 1089
, which was introduced last month and unanimously passed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee this week. Among other things, the bill redefines telemedicine to include asynchronous and remote patient monitoring platforms as well as other healthcare services, rather than just limiting the uses to certain specialties. It also prevents payers from restricting virtual care coverage based on the type of service offered or a patient’s location in an urban or rural area.
SPG Health is at the forefront of medical technology and has plans to be the leading provider of telemedicine in the state of Arizona by the end of 2019. With the great news of patients being able to use their healthcare insurance for telemedicine services care wherever, whenever, SPG will be able to help save money and most importantly peoples lives. For more information on SPG Health Telemedicine Services contact us today at (480) 214-9720