7 ways doctors can implement telehealth right now, for free

Posted on 02 May 2020

7 ways doctors can implement telehealth right now, for free

A guide for healthcare professionals on how to implement telehealth and telemedicine immediately with zero cost.

The need for social distancing makes remote care a necessity. Thankfully, many telehealth suppliers have made their solutions freely available to us clinicians during the pandemic. To implement telehealth and telemedicine effectively, we need to understand the clinician workflows and patient journeys for our solution.

Here is a guide to 7 solutions you can implement right now, with the key benefits highlighted and links to video on how to set them up.

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AccuRx

Pros:

  • Integration with NHS email and patient database
  • SMS and video calling
  • Quick and easy set up

Cons:

  • No remote monitoring
  • Browser-based video calling can be unreliable
  • UK only

Best telehealth solution for:

  • NHS integration with quick setup

Setup guide:

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Doxy

Pros:

  • Waiting room with a queue andinstant messaging
  • Customisable URL specific to your clinic
  • Globally available

Cons:

  • Free version video calls are low definition
  • No remote monitoring
  • Browser-based video calling can be unreliable

Best telehealth solution for:

  • Control of waiting room with queuing and instant messaging

Setup guide:

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Jitsi

Pros:

  • Quick and easy set up
  • Customisable URL
  • Free now and always

Cons:

  • Anyone with the URL can enter at any time
  • Only video calling
  • No remote monitoring

Best telehealth solution for:

  • A backup option when you need video calling immediately

Setup guide:

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KRY / LIVI

Pros:

  • Quick and easy set up
  • SMS and video calling
  • Available across Europe

Cons:

  • Video URLs sent by SMS not clickable
  • No remote monitoring
  • Browser-based video calling can be unreliable

Best telehealth solution for:

  • Use throughout Europe

Setup guide:

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Nye Health

Pros:

  • Privacy for clinician
  • Telephone (including to landlines) and video calling
  • Quick and easy set up

Cons:

  • Video URLs sent by SMS not clickable
  • No remote monitoring
  • Browser-based video calling can be unreliable

Best telehealth solution for:

  • Private telephone and video calling

Setup guide:

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Ortus-iHealth

Pros:

  • Comprehensive remote monitoring
  • Web and app-based video calling
  • Can automate care pathways

Cons:

  • Requires input from Ortus to set up
  • Longer patient registration
  • May have too many features for some use cases

Best telehealth solution for:

  • Most comprehensive solution beyond the pandemic

Setup guide:

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Skype

Pros:

  • Well known solution familiar to patients
  • Now allowed if necessary from a regulatory standpoint
  • Control over when to join the call

Cons:

  • Link sharing for meeting rooms is arduous
  • URLs have to be shared in specific ways to grant access to meeting room
  • Not built for telehealth

Best telehealth solution for:

  • A backup if you and your patient regularly use Skype

Setup guide:

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If you need a guide to conducting telehealth consultations, take a look at this post by Dr Dipesh Gopal.

To share your thoughts and feedback on these solutions, please fill this form

For any further queries regarding telehealth implementation, send me an email.


Dr Dilraj Kalsi uses Lifestyle Medicine and Digital Health to empower patients to reverse disease via his online clinic Hippocrates Lounge. He is a Lecturer in Digital Health at the University of Warwick and publishes regularly on patient empowerment with colleagues from Oxford University.

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