How often have you heard that the internet has altered contemporary life? It has changed how you communicate with loved ones, invest, and utilize services and products. Additionally, it has indeed changed how you look up health-related information.
Telehealth for Pets generally means pet owners can consult their veterinarian remotely for checkups, diagnoses, and treatment planning thanks to telemedicine for animals. A veterinarian engages in telehealth if they provide a diagnosis, suggest a course of action, or write a prescription without having the patient visit the hospital for a physical examination.
Veterinary telemedicine can promote efficiency, broaden the network of available professionals and specialists beyond local limits, and improve access to pet care even though it is not appropriate for emergency cases. Healthcare professionals, particularly veterinarians and their staff, have both possibilities and challenges due to the rapid evolution of digital communications technologies. It’s crucial to comprehend basic definitions when you choose whether and how to use telemedicine in your practice.
What is Telehealth
Telehealth refers to delivering and facilitating health and health-related services, such as medical maintenance, provider and patient education, health information assistance, and self-care, using telecommunications and digital communication technology. Computers and mobile gadgets like tablets and smartphones are examples of technologies. You might utilize this technology at home. Or, in remote places, a nurse or other healthcare provider could offer telehealth services out of a clinic or mobile van. Your healthcare professional may also use telehealth technology to enhance or supplement current medical services.
For telehealth, providers use several technologies, including mHealth (or mobile health), digital photography, video and audio technology, remote patient monitoring (RPM), and store and forward technologies.
How does Telehealth for Pets work
- To improve a patient’s clinical health state, telemedicine, a subtype of telehealth, uses a gadget to transmit medical information electronically from one location to another. Examples include communicating with a customer using Skype or a mobile app while also being able to see the patient for a post-operative follow-up examination and discussion. Telemedicine is a practicing tool rather than a distinct field of medicine. When appropriately used, telemedicine can improve animal care by simplifying duties such as scheduling, client education, diagnostics, and treatment. Practitioners are subject to the laws and rules of the state in which they have a veterinary medical license.
- A general practice veterinarian engages in teleconsulting, a branch of telehealth, to consult with a veterinary expert to get guidance on how to care for a patient.
- Clients who are not in the same physical place as the healthcare professional are monitored remotely by telemonitoring. This could involve using a wearable monitoring device that records the patient’s vital signs and other actions, as well as the usage of a portable glucose monitor.
- Teleadvice is any sort of health advice given over the phone. It is not tailored to a particular patient’s health, illness, or injury but instead is an opinion, suggestion, or proposal for wise future behavior. This information is generic and is not for the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, correction, amelioration, or prevention of any disease, illness, pain, deformity, defect, injury, or other physical, dental, or mental disorders in animals. Examples of generic information include advice from veterinarians or non-veterinarians over the phone, by text, or online. All pets should have annual wellness checks as part of a comprehensive preventive care plan, and animals living in mosquito-infested areas should be given heartworm preventatives all year long.
- Teletriage is the examination and management of animal patients in a safe, suitable, and timely manner (whether or not an immediate referral to a veterinarian is required). Based on the owner’s (or responsible party’s) assessment of history and clinical indications, often augmented by visual (e.g., images, video) information, the assessor decides the urgency and the necessity for immediate referral to a veterinarian. Not even a diagnosis is given. Making wise and secure decisions about a patient’s disposition—whether to send them right away to a veterinarian—in the face of uncertainty and urgency is at the heart of teletriage.