Telemedicine and Telehealth are the natural evolution of healthcare in our digital world. Since today’s smartphone, PC or tablet have more computational capacity, according to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), video-based transactions, as well as web enabled patient monitoring devices, are now becoming commonplace in homes, hospitals and healthcare systems. So, the medical billing professionals of ebix, Inc, asked ourselves, how can Telemedicine improve the quality driven healthcare provided by independent physicians? The answer is Telemedicine can increase a physician’s access to current and new patients with a technology reminiscent of the doctor’s house call.

Astia Health, an ebix, Inc. client, is at the forefront of the Telemedicine wave . Astia Health recently announced their willingness to provide their technical platform free of charge to Wisconsin providers.

Although there were distant precursors to Telemedicine, it is essentially a product of 21st Century telecommunication and information technologies. These technologies permit communication between patient and medical staff. It offers both convenience and fidelity, as well as the transmission of medical, imaging and healthcare data from one site to another.

The ATA largely views Telemedicine and Telehealth to be interchangeable terms. Each encompassing a wide definition of remote healthcare. Telehealth may not always involve clinical care. Some of the related applications are: patient consultations via video conferencing, transmission of still images, e-health including patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education, consumer-focused wireless applications and nursing call centers.

For a physician’s current patient base, it can overcome distance barriers. It can also improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities.

Location facilities found in many software technology service packages offer an opportunity to increase a physician’s patient base.

Potential Benefits

The potential benefits of Telemedicine can eliminate the possible transmission of infectious diseases or parasites between patients and medical staff. This is particularly an issue where MRSA is a concern. Additionally, some patients who feel uncomfortable in a doctor’s office may do better remotely. For example, white coat syndrome may be avoided. Patients who are home-bound and would otherwise require an ambulance to move them to a clinic are also a consideration.

Virtual visits provide instant diagnosis and treatment. When virtual treatment is not an option, a medical unit is dispatched. The use of Telemedicine has been attributed to save lives in critical care and emergency situations.

It has become apparent that Telemedicine is the natural evolution of healthcare in our 21st Century digital world. A potentially worthwhile and profitable expansion of a private medical practice, the medical billing professionals of ebix, Inc. encourage the further exploration of an online Telemedicine platform provided for free by our client Astia Health headquartered in Marathon, Wisconsin. Visit