Connectivity Solution for Telemedicine


This article is an executive summary of how Natiply can be used to provide Connectivity Solution for Telemedicine, Telehealth and Telecare services.

Background

Healthcare is a right, not a privilege, it needs to be delivered with equity. However, it is not the case in maximum countries. There are major differences in healthcare service between urban and rural areas. Driving resources properly towards rural area is always a big challenge. Good doctors and hospitals are usually based in and around cities. Therefore, the rural medically underprivileged population always struggles to access proper healthcare advice, necessary investigations and medicines. Moreover, busy urban lifestyle is demanding new dimensions of medical services.

Problem

To address the healthcare problem in urban, rural and remote areas, people have invented many innovative services based on communication technology. Various types of telemedicine, telehealth and telecare services can be a good example. All of these services focus on providing remote health care services based on hardware, software and other technologies.

Their services include, but not limited to, clinical service such as patient diagnostics, counseling, monitoring, follow-ups, management of chronic conditions etc. They also offer non-clinical services such as medical training, meetings, continuing medical education and other surveillance related service. Telecare includes monitoring critical and elderly patients at home.

In order to provide satisfactory service, connectivity always remained as a burning question. Although, host of interesting and innovative technologies are being invented every day, almost all telemedicine, telehealth and telecare services around the world so far remained completely or partially unsuccessful.

Lack of sufficient internet speed is one of the major reason for the failure of telemedicine and other communication technology based efforts. Internet connection with workable bandwidth speed is not always available. Moreover, only good speed is not enough, healthcare services are mission critical and demand reliable and uninterrupted communication. Even though the cellular network has spread out all over the world, but still a large number of population is out of internet coverage. Practically bandwidth of a single 3G/4G connection in the towns and rural areas are not sufficient for high quality video transmission or a large volume of data transmission.

If these barriers can be removed, telemedicine, telehealth and telecare services could flourish, and millions of people around the globe can be benefited.

Solution

Natiply can be used to solve this connectivity issues for healthcare in rural, underprivileged and remote areas. In this era of communication technology, maximum of the world population is under telecommunication coverage. But a lot of people is out of 3G or 4G internet coverage as per ITU. Speed varies significantly for 3G and 4G services place to place. If mobile network is not there, satellite communication is available all over the world. Although satellite connectivity is very expensive, it can be used in urgent and mission critical projects. As mentioned earlier, no single cellular connection and portable satellite modems have the qualifying bandwidth for high quality video communication in maximum areas, which is a cornerstone for telemedicine and other similar services.

Natiply can bond multiple internet connections of any types (i.e. Broadband / 2G / EDGE / 3G / 4G / Wifi / Wimax / Satellite etc) together and as many of them as the system supports to facilitate a qualifying high speed consistent connectivity. This can remove the barrier of connectivity problems. Natiply ensures the highest possible quality of service with performance consistency. It is designed to fit any transmission need and offers the data transfer security. It can be the ultimate solution for the communication problems in telemedicine, telehealth and telecare services.

Impact

There is nothing nobler than saving lives and relieving people from their ailments. By using our technology, telemedicine, telehealth and telecare industry can overcome a major technological barrier to connectivity. This, in turn, will give them more freedom to innovate products and services that can save millions of lives. Governments, non governmental organizations (NGOs) and private service providers will be able to reach the most remote place and provide this basic need of healthcare service. We believe such practices can really contribute to decreasing the health disparities between urban and rural areas.