Software, such as electronic health records, provides a digital patient record that can be forwarded to other healthcare professionals and facilities as needed. Patient data is encrypted to ensure privacy. Software is developed by several different companies and can be customized to meet the needs of individual Telehealth/Telemedicine providers.
In the future, we could see more mobile apps and self-monitoring devices that feed information directly to a patient’s digital record and automatic notifications to a healthcare team if issues develop. As cost-effective telehealth/telemedicine services become more accepted and used, the technology will continue to change to meet patient and healthcare provider needs.iii