Wednesday, December 13, 2017

How Telemedicine is Changing Healthcare-GlobalMed

How Telemedicine is Changing Healthcare

In recent decades, telemedicine has become one of the leading service delivery models in healthcare. Creating an opportunity for physicians to reach patients around the world, telemedicine is changing the way hospitals, clinics and private practices impact those who need them most.

What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine is the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients via technology. Using video connection, examination cameras and telephone conferencing, physicians are able to serve patients around the globe. The latest technology allows physicians to examine patients as reliably as they would face-to-face.

Originally designed to assist patients in remote locations who were unable to access healthcare in their area, telemedicine created an opportunity for people around the globe to access the care that they need. Prior to telemedicine, millions of individuals in the United States and throughout the world were without access to any healthcare, resulting in widespread suffering. Servicing individuals in remote areas is still a major focus of telehealth today. However, the benefits of this platform expand much further, increasing the outcomes of care for both patients and physicians.

Telemedicine is the Future

-  Improved Efficiency

The use of telemedicine significantly improves the efficiency of healthcare for all parties, including patients and healthcare organizations. Telemedicine is the most time effective type of service delivery simply because patients do not have to take the time to travel to a hospital or clinic. Instead, patients are able to interact with their physician in the comfort of their homes, without having to go through the unnecessary hassle of getting to and from the appointment. For those with conditions that make it difficult or impossible to travel without special accommodations, telemedicine is giving these patients the peace of mind that they can receive care without the stress. Time is also saved without the wait that most people dread prior to any doctor's appointment or hospital stay.

-  Comfort & Privacy

There is nothing more comfortable than being in a place that you feel safe and secure. As much as healthcare organizations can attempt to make their practices feel relaxing and serene, most the time patients end up feeling uneasy. Telemedicine allows patients to receive the care that they need wherever is most pleasant for them. There is also an increased level of privacy using telemedicine, as patients can choose where they would like to be seen. Especially in hospitals and practices where patients are seen in close quarters, having a sense of privacy is a major benefit to telemedicine.

-  More Appointments, Less Cancellations

Because patients can be seen when and where is most convenient for them, doctors receive fewer cancellations and reschedule using telemedicine. Not only does this improve the efficiency of the office, but it opens up time for physicians to see more patients. By keeping a schedule without last-minute cancellations, physicians are able to stay on track to see the maximum number of appointments possible.

Who Can Use Telemedicine?

Telemedicine can be used for a variety of patients with a range of needs. Some common applications of telemedicine include:

● Chronic Diseases: Patients with chronic diseases need to be seen by a physician regularly. The management of chronic diseases is made simple, as patients can easily connect with their doctor without the hassle of a conventional appointment.

● Follow-Up Visits: Instead of having to come back for an additional follow-up visit, patients are more likely to check in with their physician.

● Prevention Care: Telemedicine allows patients to connect with doctors to discuss and plan preventative strategies for conditions like smoking, weight loss, diabetes and more.

Geriatric Support: For those in need of assisted living and frequent check-ups, physicians can be on call in case of an emergency at a moment’s notice.

Telemedicine is changing healthcare for the better, increasing the quality of care for patients across the globe.

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Indians Consume the Most Online Video Content in APAC: Akamai

India consumes the most OTT (Over-the-top) videos, followed by Thailand and Philippines in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, content delivery network services provider Akamai Technologies said on Tuesday.

"In India, viewers watched 12.3 hours of online content in a week, while in Japan, viewers watched the least content online per week at 6.2 hours," a study by Akamai Technologies, commissioned through research firm Kadence International, said.

Indian (44 percent) and Thai (45 percent) audiences showed similar behaviours of watching online content via smartphone, while 50 percent of Japanese viewers preferred accessing OTT services via non-mobile devices.

The survey brought the importance of superior-quality video to the fore. Seventy percent of Indian viewers said that the video and audio quality is of utmost importance to them, followed by fast startup time (56 percent).

"It is critical for the OTT service providers across the region to understand user preferences as viewers increasingly shift to a culture of consuming content on any device, anytime, and anywhere," Vincent Low, Chief Media Strategist and Head of Media Product Marketing APJ at Akamai Technologies, said in a statement.

"What now becomes the differentiator are those micro-moments when they access their preferred content that could either be instances of delight for the user from good overall quality of experience or frustration, which can potentially lead to churn," Low added.

The study also found an increased demand for local OTT players across markets (Hotstar in India, Hooqn Indonesia and Niconico in Japan, among others).

AMD 'Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition' Driver Update With In-Game Overlay, Companion Mobile App Released

Users can monitor CPU, GPU, RAM, fan speed and temperature in-game
The smartphone offers controls for streaming and performance monitoring
There are also improvements to streaming, power savings and performance

AMD has released what it is calling one of its biggest and most significant driver releases ever. The new Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition introduces an all-new in-game overlay with performance information such as the current performance in frames per second, CPU, GPU and RAM usage as well as temperature, power consumption and fan speed for the graphics card. Users will also be able to adjust per-game Radeon settings such as Freesync and Target Frame Rate Control, and make colour adjustments.

There's also now a companion app called AMD Link for iOS and Android, which can be paired with multiple gaming PCs. It will show the same information in real-time, as graphs or as absolute numbers. Users can trigger screen captures, start streaming, and adjust settings using their smartphones as a second screen.

The Radeon ReLive streaming tool, which headlined last year's big driver release, has received several feature updates. A new Gallery tab within the Radeon Settings software will let users quickly manage their social media accounts and choose what to share with one click. Video clips and screenshots can be given quick edits before they are shared. ReLive now supports chroma keying for webcams, so users can superimpose just their heads in a stream without any distracting background. Audio tracks for commentary can be recorded separately and levelled, and social media chat streams can be embedded as well.

AMD says that ReLive's performance impact has been reduced to near negligible levels in many games. It now works with games using the Vulkan graphics API, and users can capture across multiple monitors or even select regions of a screen to capture rather than the entire thing.

The Radeon Chill tool, which dynamically regulates frame rates to save power when there isn't much action on screen, has been improved to work with all games, not just a handful of whitelisted ones. According to AMD there are no major glitches or performance drops in any games, but it can disable the feature for specific titles if problems are detected. The feature is still opt-in, except in a special edition of the driver software for gaming cafes which prioritises power savings.

In other miscellaneous improvements, Radeon users will be able to create and share profiles for the WattMan power management and overclocking tool, change the colour scheme of the main Radeon Settings interface, and switch to a compute workload profile that boosts performance in tasks such as cryptocurrency mining by 15 percent.

Of course there are also performance improvements in games, though AMD says that we should not focus on this as improvements are delivered constantly, never reserved for large releases.

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