In the latter case, patients can describe symptoms to physicians over email, perform a number of self-tests and participate in step-by-step educational programs related to their particular disease. In both cases, mobile health technology eases chronic disease management by literally putting care management applications and devices in patients' hands.
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7. Improve Oral Health With Store-and-Forward Telemedicine
Teledentistry typically makes use of store-and-forward telemedicine, which lets a doctor (or dentist) acquire medical images or other relevant data, assess it and send it to another physician for review. (Of the main types of telemedicine technology, store-and-forward is the least interactive, as it does not require two or more parties, nor does it involve a physical examination.)
The main benefit of telemedicine in dentistry, then, is sharing records among dentists and dental specialists to determine if a certain procedure is necessary and, if so, how soon it must take place. Specialists can also help dentists spot problem areas and suggest preventive measures to a patient so that costly, complicated procedures can be avoided. As with other uses of telemedicine, this collaboration helps patients in rural or other underserved communities who don't otherwise have access to medical specialists.
8. Link Patients, General Practitioners to Dermatologists
Dermatology is a prime candidate for the use of store-and-forward telemedicine technology. The information that is shared is often an image-and applications that help people share images are not in short supply. The images tend not to contain any of the personal health information (PHI) or personal identifiable information (PII) that raises HIPAA security and privacy red flags.
Teledermatology is being used in two ways: