Telehealth – The Future of Healthcare?

The term “Telecommunication” often conjures up warm images of family members dialing into the phones or tablets of their loved ones. Grandparents who live miles away can see and speak to their grandchildren with ease. Military service members can tell their loved ones “Good Night,” despite the inherent complications deployment may bring. The need to connect is universal, and technology brings the ease of communication to everyone with an internet connection. The power of telecommunication was harvested into healthcare and telehealth emerged. Telepractice and Telehealth (often used interchangeably) has been in effect for years, but the magnitude of today’s technological advancements allows us to go beyond simple diagnostic consults to treatment and medical access all over the globe.

Residents of remote areas can have access to healthcare, as well as individuals who are non-ambulatory or unable to navigate to and from clinic. Patients no longer need to drive hours to obtain the care they require; Now, a click of a button and footage from a webcam can suffice. Telehealth is changing the way we approach healthcare. Ease of access will improve patient compliance and reduce therapy cancelations. Providers can implement therapy in the patient’s home, improving functionality and transference of goals across environments.

While simple and effective, many patients are hesitant to take advantage of this incredible opportunity. Traditional healthcare practices are built around trust, and it may be difficult to imagine quality and rapport developing from a pixelated screen. Enter in COGTRIUM, a revolutionary network of certified providers matched to meet the patient’s unique healthcare needs. COGTRIUM allows patients to access physicians, speech language pathologists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and various other members of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team. Of interest is the network’s ability to provide specialized care to patients with cognitive disorders, from autism spectrum disorders to Alzheimer’s and stroke. Patients are matched via “sophisticated algorithms” that “analyze over 200 different data points to determine the best match for the patient, provider and the payer” ( Relationships and quality of care mater, as do affordability and expertise. COGTRIUM takes the guess work out of finding a certified provider so more time can be spent focused on patient care.
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