Self-service solutions take a do-it-yourself approach that many in the Millennial generation are accustomed to from growing up in the age of information technology. Health screening, or self-service health assessment, is one of those approaches.
The Prognosys kiosks help users assess blood pressure, BMI, weight and pulse. Patient data is sent electronically to a health care provider and is accessible remotely. The program is designed to cut waiting times and missed appointments by providing closer and more convenient care to patients.
Health kiosks also enable a number of personal health assessments. Users can choose their own assessment from an array of health conditions. The kiosk provides resources for counseling, family support and peer support.
Today’s patients would prefer to simply walk into a telemedicine KIOSK to communicate with a health care provider to get immediate feedback with reference to their health issues or after surgery follow-ups rather than scheduling a personal appointment at the Doctor’s chamber.
Patients go to KIOSK, kind of a private structure, where patients can directly communicate or chat with the Doctor on screen, though the doctor and patient may be separated by hundreds of miles. Distance doesn't stop the doctor from collecting patient history and doing a physical exam. Thanks to digital otoscopes, digital stethoscopes, and an array of other sensors, helping the primary care physicians to collect all of the information they need to make a decision or creating a patient record. When the record/data is ready, they mail it back to the patient with prescriptions that can also be sent to the patient’s local pharmacy. This would be the more convenient way of consulting a doctor without worrying about picking up the latest virus in the waiting room.
Self-assessment stations can also be outfitted for telehealth, which is a kiosk version of a doctor's office that puts patients in contact with physicians remotely.
The kiosks may be placed in gyms, clinics, libraries, schools and other high-traffic locations. They assess blood pressure, weight, glucose, heart rate, oxygen intake and more. The data is transmitted to a health care provider using Prognosys Digital Health platform. The Prognosys Digital Health platform "empowers" people to actively track their health, especially those with chronic illnesses such as asthma and congestive heart failure, the article said.
And then there are purely telemedicine kiosks, a miniature doctor's office in kiosk form. It's not a full self-service station because technicians are often present to take vitals, but the key ingredient to telemedicine is that the doctor is viewable by screen only — a virtual office visit.