Some of the biggest problems of healthcare systems today are unevenly distributed medical resources, costly services, and difficulty of holding remote academic discussions. The Huawei Telemedicine Solution makes care-at-a-distance a reality and extends the reach of quality healthcare to remote locations with remote expert consultation, remote medical education, remote monitoring, and more.
The current medical environment faces some big problems:
- Medical resources are distributed unevenly, and expert resources are not fully utilized. High quality hospitals are mainly located in large cities, while in rural areas, medical resources are scarce and hospitals are ill-equipped to handle complex diseases. Patients often need to be transferred to hospitals in more developed regions, which increases medical treatment costs.
- Experts and experienced practitioners are in short supply. Patients often need to wait a long time to complete registration and payment services, while receiving very little time “seeing the doctor.” With scarce medical resources, hospitals in developing regions are not equipped for treating patients with complex diseases.
- Collaboration across departments and organizations is challenging, and seminars or discussions between hospitals are difficult to hold.
So healthcare has become one of the most important issues globally today.
To address these challenges, Huawei developed the telemedicine solution to support various remote medical applications, such as expert consultation, medical education, and monitoring.
- Remote expert consultation: The telemedicine system connects doctors and patients in different rooms over the web. Doctors and patients can talk to each other through HD audio and video, just as if they were in the same room. Patients are able to share their symptoms or concerns with doctors in real time.
- Mobile ward round: The surgical cart is moveable, integrating a doctor workstation and Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). It provides Wi-Fi connectivity to offer mobile ward and remote consultation anytime anywhere.
- Remote medical education: The telemedicine system provides HD audiovisual recording and live broadcasting. Surgery processes and details can be broadcast live for clinician and surgeon training, or recorded and archived for future on-demand playback and academic communication.
Multimedia classrooms can be constructed in hospitals for online lessons and remote seminars. With the telemedicine system’s recording functions, surgery processes and training sessions can be recorded and then archived and transformed into tutorials or uploaded to the Internet for on-demand playback.
Remote monitoring and visits: A telemedicine cart can be deployed in an isolation ward to monitor the patient in the ward and transmit graphical examination data to the monitoring center, in real time. The telemedicine system also supports remote visits. Patients’ relatives can access the system using their mobile phone and computers to conduct video communication with patients in isolation wards.