Cheng listened intently to the patient and soon developed doubts. He wanted a rheumatology specialist to take a second look. Normally that might mean waiting days or weeks for an appointment and transporting the patient, who is a person with limited mobility, to a hospital many kilometers away.
But this time, Cheng simply reached into his bag and put on a HoloLens 2 mixed-reality headset. Within minutes he was collaborating with the specialist at the hospital in a real-time patient examination.
Linked via the威廉希尔体育官网微软Dynamics 365Remote Assist应用程序和威廉希尔体育官网Microsoft团队, the specialist was able to talk with the patient, examine his hand and see what Cheng was seeing. It soon became clear the original diagnosis had been wrong. Instead of rheumatoid arthritis the patient was actually suffering from a degenerative form of arthritis and needed different medication.
The practice known as “telehealth” is finding momentum in Taiwan thanks in no small part to the country’s leadership in IT and its progressive healthcare system.
Wearing the mixed-reality headset with a patient at home, Cheng can access medical records and bring a specialist for a real-time virtual consultation via its audio and video feeds. WithAzure空间锚定, HoloLens gives doctors, nurses, and hospital volunteers a new set of eyes and ears on house calls.
“Patients can get feedback on their condition in real time and avoid risking contact with COVID-19 in a hospital,” says Tsai, a urologist. “With the HoloLens, I can access patient medical records, blood test results, X-rays, and other data when I’m with a patient at their home, so I don’t need to travel with these documents in-hand.”
Using the HoloLens, he notes, significantly speeds up treatment time compared to setting up in-person appointments with specialists.
“After the pandemic, we plan to continue a push for further telehealth adoption,” says Tsai. The Ten-Chan General Hospital is now using telehealth for three main applications: check-ups and medical record access, long-term care, and training and research and development.
Norman Hsu, Ten-Chan General Hospital’s chairman, has been an early evangelist for telehealth. He sees the benefits of helping hospitals conserve resources by allowing doctors to treat patients remotely. And he hopes the practice will be adopted nationwide.
更多than 10,000 families in Taiwan subscribe to senior care services for their older relatives. As a COVID-19 high-risk group, the residents at Ten-Chan General Hospital’s nursing homes benefit from telehealth by getting personalized treatment without risking exposure to the virus at a hospital.