Telemedicine has made a breakthrough in giving better care to patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. This is through the implementation of telenephrology. This is where physicians can consult nephrologists concerning patients with chronic kidney disease. The physicians send the patients file to the neurologist who can assess and give recommendations.
It has also increased the frequency of patients coming in for their treatment. There was a notable reduction in cancellations from patients in hospitals using telenephrology compared to those who use in-person care.
However, it should be noted that telenephrology might be better at ensuring that patients attend their appointments. It offers the same kind of standards as in-person care when it comes to management of Chronic Kidney Disease. This means that the treatment gives the same physical outcomes.
Through telenephrology, patients suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease can be able to access better health-care. Initially, most patients would have to use the services of physicians. This meant that they did not have the expert care of a nephrologist that they need with their condition. This is also because there are few nephrologists.
The use of telenephrology has changed this. Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease can access nephrologists through their physicians. Nephrologists can give recommendations on the course of treatment for patients. As a result, this has significantly reduced the number of in-person referrals. Patients can get the required treatment from their hospitals.
Nephrologists are also able to increase the number of patients they see. They will be able to do web-based consultations for patients who are not within their geographical range. This will spread their treatment range as patients will be able to obtain treatment from their primary health-care facilities. This will be done with the remote assistance of a nephrologist.
The integration of telemedicine in the care of patients has shown that it is capable of improving the standards of health-care. It’s a way of ensuring that patient-centered care is given to patients despite their geographical locations.