How Telehealth is Changing Neurology Care

More than 87% of 135 neurologists who responded to a survey reported a shift towards telehealth services (source). 

Teleneurology is a disruptive approach to changing how neurologists think and provide care. Moreover, it has made it easier for the experts to provide specialized neurology care to almost anyone at any time or place.  

Telehealth for neurology care isn’t new. It covers almost all key elements required for a comprehensive neurological examination, making neurologists adopt this technology rapidly throughout the United States and other countries. 

However, there is still a lot that you should know about telehealth and neurology care. In this post, we’ll discuss telehealth for neurology, its benefits, and how SecureVideo is helping change the way neurologists provide care. 

We’ll also talk about the applications of telehealth services for neurology care and the health conditions it can help manage.

What is Telehealth for Neurology or Teleneurology?

Teleneurology is not a distinct medical specialty but is similar to telehealth. It is a branch of telehealth that helps neurologists provide care to their patients from a remote location through video or telephone. 

It encompasses teleconferencing and teleconsultations, which may be initiated by doctors, staff, or even patients. Neurologists say they treat common health conditions using telehealth, including dementia, headaches, strokes, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.

The use of teleneurology is notable by clinicians for stroke patients. Moreover, telehealth is also used to provide thrombolytic treatments to patients who cannot visit the clinic or a healthcare facility.

How Does Telehealth for Neurology Care Work?

Neurologists that use SecureVideo can provide neurology care in the following ways. These include:

Virtual Appointments 

In virtual appointments, clinicians can see and talk to patients via secure video connection and give them instructions on managing their condition at home.

Mental and behavioral healthcare professionals can examine their patients via encrypted video conferences that provide end-to-end encryption for real-time communication between patients and providers.

In addition, using secure videoconferencing platforms allows neurologists and their staff to perform exams, ask questions, administer tests, and make decisions as if they were standing face-to-face.

Advanced Sessions 

SecureVideo lets neurologists have advanced sessions with their patients, thus broadening the scope for neurology care that can be delivered virtually.

Doctors and other healthcare experts that use telehealth videoconferencing can use the screen sharing feature to show information and graphics with the patients or use other advanced features to describe and explain health issues in a better way. 

The advanced sessions with SecureVideo also let the patients join the waiting room, make payments, and complete the paperwork before speaking to the doctor regarding their issues.

Online Neurological Examinations

There is no doubt that neurological exams are among the most important aspects of neurology care. They allow doctors to understand the patient’s overall well-being and make appropriate diagnoses.

Some of the exams that can be done virtually include the following:

  • Attention span and concentration
  • Orientation to person, place, time
  • Recent and remote memory
  • Cranial nerve exam
  • Muscle strength
  • Muscle tone with atrophy or abnormal
  • Coordination
  • Sensation
  • Gait and station

Telehealth and Neurology Care: Some Important Statistics 

As per a report by AMA:

  • Around 98% of neurologists use and rely on telehealth for providing neurology care.
  • More than 66% of respondents said telehealth improved their professional satisfaction.
  • More than 75% of the telehealth appointments were with established patients. 
  • Most telehealth sessions were to manage medication, improve access, and provide follow-up care. 

The Applications of Telehealth for Neurology Care: Conditions Neurologists Can Manage 

The usage of telehealth for neurology care is expanding rapidly, and neurologists depend more on these services because of the exclusive advantages, such as examining patients remotely.

Below are some health conditions neurologists can manage with SecureVideo.

Stroke Patients 

Strokes are responsible for causing the greatest number of disabilities, even in countries like the United States. A small percentage of stroke patients also require tPA (tissue plasminogen activator therapy), which helps minimize the risks of morbidity.

The scarcity of neurologists in emergency care facilities makes it daunting for them to provide around-the-clock advice to stroke patients. Moreover, telehealth makes it affordable for patients to seek medical attention from the comfort of their homes.

Encephalopathy Patients

For treating conditions like encephalopathy, the doctors must know the patient’s history and the treatments they have undergone to design a roadmap for their treatment.

Using telehealth videoconferencing solutions such as SecureVideo, neurology practices may be able to integrate electronic medical records (EMR) and formulate a personalized plan of action to treat a particular patient.

Multiple Sclerosis Patients 

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the Central Nervous System, thus, impacting muscles and eyes. Patients with such conditions may require rehabilitation measures and lifelong medicines.

With secure videoconferencing solutions, telehealth enables doctors to monitor, treat, educate, and support patients in their own environment.

Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Parkinson’s disease is an irreversible neurological condition affecting the body’s movement through the brain. It requires long-term management, but due to the high costs associated with hospitalization and therapies, patients prefer to stay at home, where they can receive medications and physical therapies.

SecureVideo helps neurologists to examine patients remotely while monitoring their well-being and behavior. They can also conduct tests and prescribe drugs to the patients at their convenience.

Neurology Care That Healthcare Experts Can Provide Using SecureVideo.

Telehealth and telemedicine advancements have made it easier for neurologists to offer the best care virtually.

Below we’ll discuss the top services neurologists provide with SecureVideo.

Online Consultation

Online consultations enable neurologists to review the case of the patient online. Most neurological exams can be done virtually without requiring the patient to visit the clinic. This ensures that the patient receives timely care.

By reviewing the patient’s records, neurologists can diagnose several conditions based on symptoms alone. In addition to identifying the problem, they can also prescribe medicine and treatments.

Medication Management 

Patients taking medications prescribed by neurologists are required to be monitored regularly for any side effects and other signs. The physicians can connect to remote patients to review the medication intake, take appropriate actions, and respond to changes in the patient’s health.

SecureVideo’s customizable notifications and reminders enable neurologists to send timely alerts about important updates or appointments.

Lab/Imaging Results 

Usually, doctors call patients suffering from neurological conditions in the office to see their reports, including CT scans, blood tests, and MRIs.

However, with SecureVideo, documents and images can be securely sent to the patient via the encrypted file transfer feature. This eliminates the need for frequent visits to the hospital or clinics. And neurologists can also discuss the lab and imaging results with the patients via audio and video calls, or screen share to review the reports or images together.

Lifestyle Counseling 

Most patients with neurological disorders need lifestyle counseling as their healthcare practitioner prescribes.

With the help of our videoconferencing systems, the specialists can counsel patients about nutrition, exercise, etc., to ensure they live healthy lives. Moreover, doctors can monitor their patients closely while establishing a healthy relationship with them.

Exclusive Advantages of Telehealth Services for Neurology Care 

There are several advantages exclusive to telehealth services that have made neurologists adopt it for offering neurology care. Here are some of the advantages of using telehealth for neurology care.

Less Strain on the Healthcare System 

In the United States, patient access to care is full of several challenges, including the trouble of booking an appointment at the clinician’s office within the stipulated time. 

Many Americans  struggle  to get healthcare on evenings and weekends, especially those who require visiting an emergency department.

Telehealth makes it easier for neurologists and patients to schedule an appointment. Moreover, patients are no longer required to travel to the clinician’s office or wait in long queues to get examined or seek treatment. 

Aids Patients with Restricted Mobility 

Patients with restricted mobility and those who struggle while traveling can benefit from telehealth. This also includes senior patients that find it challenging to travel to the hospital to seek treatment.

Telehealth decreases the stress and anxiety patients go through while traveling or commuting.

Expedites Timely Care 

Unlike other health issues, diseases related to the central nervous system, the spinal cord, or other problems that fall under the neurology branch require immediate attention and timely care. The biggest challenge neurologists and healthcare providers experience is providing timely care. 

However, with the current use of telehealth for neurology, healthcare experts can provide immediate care to the patients that need it.

Lower Costs 

Telehealth services for neurology aren’t just affordable for the patients but also for the doctors. Neurologists are often required to travel to several places to see patients and to provide treatment. With telehealth, doctors can examine patients remotely from any place, saving time and money.

Access to Healthcare Services for People in Rural Areas 

People living miles away from medical facilities find it challenging to visit these facilities when they need medical attention. 

Telehealth for neurology care saves time and allows people to stay off the road, especially when they have severe medical issues or if the driving conditions are less than optimal.

SecureVideo: Changing Neurology Care in a Better Way

Telehealth offers innumerable benefits to doctors, patients, and everyone involved in the process. SecureVideo has emerged as one of the most-preferred telehealth service providers that cater to a wide range of medical practitioners.

We are on a mission to make white-glove support accessible to everyone, and we do that by offering the best-in-class tools integrated into one app that anyone can operate using the user-friendly dashboard. 

Here’s how SecureVideo is helping neurologists overcome the challenges they face when using telehealth services. 

No Regulatory Hurdles 

Since SecureVideo is a HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing software, there are no regulatory hurdles that prevent neurologists and other doctors from using it. Also, our HIPAA compliance has made us one of the most quickly-emerging telehealth providers in the United States.

Minimal Downtime 

One of the biggest challenges doctors and patients face when using telehealth is downtime. SecureVideo is designed to work smoothly, with very little  downtime, which means that neurologists can provide timely care to their patients.

Even in the event of a technical difficulty, with SecureVideo’s dual video engine offering, providers can switch their session to a different video platform with just a few clicks so that patients can continue getting the medical care they need. 

Easy to Integrate 

Integrating a whole new system into the existing medical facility might sound like a challenge, but SecureVideo is here to solve all challenges. The platform is easy to use and integrates with your electronic medical records, so doctors, their staff, and anyone associated with them can use it to provide virtual neurology care to their patients.

Why Trust SecureVideo for Providing Neurology Care via Telehealth 

At SecureVideo, we understand the unique needs of neurologists to provide healthcare services virtually. SecureVideo is an all-in-one solution for your needs, and the platform has everything doctors need to get started with telehealth. 

Here are some reasons to choose SecureVideo for providing neurology care to patients across the United States.  

Easy Scheduling 

Neurologists or their staff can quickly make an appointment with their patients through the user-friendly dashboard.. SecureVideo also lets you schedule recurring sessions with just a few clicks..

Quick and Secure File Transfers 

For most health issues related to the central nervous system, neurologists are required to know the patient’s history. SecureVideo has a built-in chat feature that lets patients share documents and reports.

Our HIPAA-compliant chat service is highly secure, and the patients don’t have to worry about sharing their personal details with anyone but the doctor or the person they intend to.

Payments on the Go 

Besides providing neurology care using a quality telehealth service, SecureVideo has also made it easier for doctors to receive payments. You can accept credit card payments online, and all the payments made using SecureVideo are 100% secure with no additional transaction fees.

Your Brand, Our Tool 

The “Branding” (customization) feature lets you change the logo and the color scheme to make the dashboard look personalized for your brand. 

HIPAA Compliant and multiple security features

SecureVideo is a fully HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing platform, and all the patient information shared over our platform has end-to-end encryption and is secure. This gives a sense of security to your patients that their private data is safe. 

Secure Video: Creating New Possibilities in Telehealth for Neurology Care 

More and more neurologists are using SecureVideo to provide their patients with the necessary neurology care. Furthermore, our HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing solution provides all the privacy and security patients need.

Our platform lets healthcare experts create appointments, 1:1 or group online meetings, group video conferences, conduct HD video calls, monitor patients via encrypted videoconferencing, receive payments, share documents, and more required to provide comprehensive neurology care.

Also, we have made the entire process of software integration stress-free, making workflow easier for the doctors and their staff.

Sign up, or schedule a demo to learn how you can provide teleneurology services to your patients with SecureVideo.