How Do Telemedicine Services Improve Medication Safety?
During the pandemic, the healthcare industry has shifted towards relying more heavily on telemedicine services, preparing us for the fact remote work is here to stay.
According to the founder of Causalus, Pauli Puirava, getting adjusted to the use of telemedicine services in healthcare units is beneficial even from the perspective of everyday life - being cost-efficient and fast, it enables multiprofessional collaboration. Puirava states that telemedicine services would be necessary especially in care homes where medical check-ups with physicians have been scarce even before the pandemic.
Infrequent medical check-ups cause a chain reaction with physicians not having enough time for individual patients, resulting in accumulating medical problems for the upcoming check-ups. When it comes to annual controls, telemedicine services become beneficial in particular, allowing the professionals involved in the treatment to track the symptoms and medication of the patient year-round.
Preparing for annual controls relies heavily on nurses, and it might be completely arbitrary, which matters are brought up with the physician depending on the current condition of the patient. The discussion is also affected by how up-to-date the personal medical records of the patient are. The data might be lacking basic measurements if prepared in rush, leaving the physician without a sufficient view of the medical state of the patient. Physicians are often required to assess the medication with insufficient data, leading to an increase in problems in pharmacological treatment.
“The use of remote work and telemedicine services are not decreasing, quite the contrary”
- Pauli Puirava, CEO
The key solution is to prepare for the annual controls well beforehand, leaving more time for the physicians to focus on what really matters. When the medication review software is linked to the electronic patient record system, pharmaceutical professionals can make sure the basic measurements related to the medication are up to date. When the annual control of a patient is approaching, nurses can prepare a report including the patient’s measurements, medication list, drug interactions, adverse effects and possible risks related to the medication. This streamlines the workflow of physicians significantly, and the quality of care of patients improves when time is not wasted on basics.
Before annual controls, medication effectiveness can be measured remotely. Adverse effects can be spotted fast, and reacted to with active monitoring. On a shared software platform, treatments can be reinforced with multiprofessional collaboration. Multiprofessional collaboration enabled by Causalus’ software platform reinforces treatment outcomes, showing directly in the improvement in patient’s well-being.
“The use of remote work and telemedicine services are not decreasing, quite the contrary. Telemedicine services speeds up care work and enables multiprofessional collaboration cost-efficiently.” Puirava states.