Telehealth is a popular term used by healthcare professionals to describe the service that patients receive from their GP or nurse when they have a problem with their health.
This is done through a series of tests and tests that determine the extent of the problem, which can then be assessed by the GP or patient.
These tests include: a biometric scan that can measure the strength of your heart rate and pulse; a blood pressure test; and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan that shows changes in your body’s magnetic field.
These are all useful tests and can be done by a trained doctor, but often times patients aren’t aware of how to take them.
With this in mind, a study led by Dr David Green of the University of Exeter has looked at how the public perceive the different types of telehealth tests in Britain.
It found that people are generally very happy with their healthcare services, but that the majority of patients think that telehealth services are being over-regulated, which has led to increased costs for the NHS and higher costs for patients.
Green and his team surveyed the public about telehealth care and found that more than two thirds of people are satisfied with the quality of their telehealth service.
This includes more than half of those who responded that they had a good or excellent telehealth experience.
But the majority are not happy with how the NHS is funded.
“People are not being adequately supported by the NHS,” Green said.
“So people are finding it hard to make their own decisions about their care.”
The study also found that the public’s perceptions of telemedicine have changed in the past year.
“This is a very big shift,” Green told Al Jazeera.
“We know that people have moved from the expectation of telemedical care being a very good service, to a much more expensive and less helpful experience.”
The survey found that many people who used telehealth had also moved on to other forms of healthcare.
For example, while 77 per cent of people who responded said that telemedics helped them manage their anxiety, only 42 per cent said they had used telemeds to help manage their depression.
This suggests that the NHS has failed to invest in telemedication.
“The NHS is not investing in telehealth,” Green added.
“They’re just saying, ‘If you want to go to the GP, you need to go through our telehealth program’.” Green is now working on a report for the National Health Service, which aims to change how the health service is funded in Britain, and is calling for a full public consultation on the issue.
“Telehealth services can be very useful to patients and to health professionals,” he said.
“[But] the NHS needs to think about the next generation of health professionals in the way it supports telemedicians, and it needs to consider the impact on the NHS of its decisions.”