The full benefits of telemedicine are still being explored in countries around the world. While telemedicine makes consultations with otherwise inaccessible specialists available to many in developing countries, it also makes access to healthcare more easily accessible in developed countries.
A recent study performed by Royal Children’s Hospital in Queensland Australia found that telemedicine is an effective method of improving healthcare of disabled children. Disabilities such as cerebral palsy make mobility a challenge, causing frequent healthcare visits to be difficult to achieve.
During the study, iMedicalApps summarizes, 126 patient records were reviewed to determine how telemedicine could impact and enrich medical care. Approximately 40% of the patient records reviewed were for children who had cerebral palsy and utilized telemedicine as a method of improving the quality and frequency of healthcare (This included CP patients in both rural and urban areas).
Not only did frequency of care and quality of care improve, but the costs associated with transporting a child with CP or a related disability also declined.