Doctors will be performing more house calls by computer or by phone as technology advances and as the demand for available doctors grows. This is good news if you are sick, don’t need urgent care and you don’t want to wait for an appointment just to speak with your doctor. With many doctors overbooked, patients in some metro areas such as Boston and New York often have to wait over 2 months to see a doctor of their choice. With remote access in health monitoring, speaking with a doctor will be much easier and more convenient for both the patient and the doctor.
For example, a patient with high blood pressure can use a remote device or a remote monitoring system that checks their blood pressure multiple times per week and then transmits the data to the patient’s secure electronic health record where the physician can access the medical record. The physician would access the electronic medical health record after identifying themselves using strong two-factor authentication. This can be done using login credentials, such as a user name and password, as one factor of authentication and a dynamic one time password sent to their mobile device as the second factor of authentication. The physician can then have a consultation over the computer or phone with the patient who can monitor the blood pressure levels all while the physician is off-site.
According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, it is projected that there will be a shortage of 124,000 doctors by the year 2025. With this shortage of doctors, waiting lists to see doctors will get longer and finding a doctor will be more difficult. The need for remote doctor visits will increase and strong two-factor authentication will help doctors monitor patient health records securely while helping them care for their patients more efficiently.
Remote access for physicians also lets physicians communicate with other healthcare professionals regardless of their location. Remote access patient monitoring allows physicians to monitor a patient’s electronic health records and speak with them over telephone or computer and nurses can provide care for the patient based on what the doctor recommends. Physicians need timely and accurate data to make correct decisions and give the right diagnostics. Accessing electronic medical records remotely allows them to receive the critical data they need at any time and any location. Strong authentication protects this data from being breached and allows only authorized users to access the information.
The future of healthcare will revolve around technology which will allow patients to receive care at home with remote health monitoring systems. With the advances in technology that allows physicians to speak with patients remotely, the need for healthcare security to protect electronic health records also grows. Without the proper safeguards against protecting electronic health records, physicians accessing medical health records risk data breaches and attacks. Strong two-factor authentication is a safe and secure way to helps doctors monitor electronic health records by allowing only authorized users to view sensitive health information.