The remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunication technology, otherwise known as telemedicine, has been rapidly growing in popularity over the last several years and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Telemedicine is most commonly used in pharmacies wherein patients may call in with questions regarding their prescriptions; however, the practice is also gaining popularity in primary care as patients are now using telemedicine for routine consultations with doctors, chronic care issues and quick and easy healthcare questions. Not only does telemedicine save time for both healthcare provider and patient, but it also saves the patient money as the cost of telecommunicating with a healthcare provider is almost always at a lower cost than coming into the office and often even free of charge entirely. If your facility is planning to implement telemedicine practices, make sure you have these tools for success.
The nature of telemedicine often requires healthcare providers to be able to move about a space freely. To make this process easier, computer carts are usually necessary, and there are a wide range of computer carts designed specifically to accommodate the needs of medical professionals. These versatile pieces of furniture are heavy duty and come with a large number of functions, including keyboard trays, lockable casters and built-in battery packs that keep laptops charged all day. You’ll even find carts that lock laptops in place for east use and security.
Like laptop carts, certain AV accessories will be necessary for healthcare professionals working with telecommunicating patients. Keyboard trays, CPU holders and power and data ports are small but important features needed to keep things running smoothly. In addition, you’ll want to equip the space with a laptop charging cart that will keep computers charged up when in use and safe and secure when not.
Standing desks are available to help medical professionals make an easy transition between helping patients in person and assisting with patient healthcare needs remotely. If you don’t want to or aren’t able to add a standing or adjustable height desk to your facility, consider monitor stands that are adjustable in height and can be simply attached to any existing workspace.