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The Future of Healthcare Lies in Telemedicine

2012 September 24
by andreakbass

Telemedicine is now providing patients with hospital care while at home.

As the globe and our nation flounder in looming financial uncertainty, and our country alone faces a trillion dollars of potential spending cuts, it is only fitting to take a look at the potential after-effects of how slashing the budget will affect essential American industries. Healthcare is one such key sector of the economy that is on the cutting board: by the end of the next decade if continued at current levels, healthcare spending will account for approximately 20% of our nation’s annual GDP. While the battling and bickering rages back and forth in Washington on how best to reduce the overall costs of America’s healthcare system, private industry might do well to examine the practical effects of what a possible reduction in government healthcare spending might entail. In short, what are the advantages, disadvantages, and technological opportunities presented in the event of healthcare reform?

At PEI, we manufacture many different types of products that find their way into high-tech medical devices and apparatuses that effect healthcare services. Many different parts of our operation converge in their use in medical applications: not just our medical manufacturing services alone, but also our microelectronics, semiconductor, and even telecommunications production areas – all these coincide in providing critical offerings for the medical industry. Since it’s the hallmark of any good company to anticipate future markets, and how best it might serve these future markets, we’ve been taking a serious look at the widespread adoption of telemedicine for tomorrow’s healthcare.

In brief, telemedicine is a medical treatment method that uses telecommunications (whether still-frame pictures or live-frame interactive cameras) to provide treatment for a patient who isn’t able to get to – or can’t afford treatment at – an actual hospital. Everything from beestings, to rare rashes, to even assisted surgery, can be performed successfully via telemedicine. While for now, telemedicine finds most of its use in isolated communities that aren’t located close to a qualified healthcare facility, that trend is changing. More and more, we anticipate that hospitals, rehabilitation centers, senior care facilities, and the like, will adopt telemedicine as a way of freeing up “bed-space” at their physical locations, providing patients with hospital care while at home. In one sense, telemedicine is a new version of the traditional house doctor. In another, telemedicine is using cutting-edge technology to cut the rising cost of actually using it. As a technology, telemedicine offers its own healthcare cost-reduction program. It is a true force to be reckoned with by any measure of 21st century patient treatment and promises better and longer at-home care.

At PEI, the rigorous quality control behind our photo-etching methods to make precision metal parts, as well as our integration into the multiple technologies that go into telemedicine, put us in good spot to best serve the interests of tomorrow’s patients. We can manufacture almost any aspect of the telemedical process: from shielding for high-tech circuit boards and electronics, to the production of critical mesh screens and encoders, to the production of small surgical tools and implantables, we can handle pretty much anything that comes our way. To find out more about our manufacturing services and how they will revolutionize healthcare as we know it, contact us today.

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