One surprising result of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the way it accelerated the adoption of certain technologies. Think of how many people bought new laptops, tablets, wireless routers and more, both to work from home and watch streaming TV shows and movies.
Another technology that got a surprising boost is telehealth.
Telehealth served an important need during the height of the pandemic. Many medical and dental offices were closed. But people still needed to be seen by their doctors and dentists. Enter telehealth.
Even as the pandemic winds down (fingers crossed!), we aren’t going back to the old normal. WFH is now entrenched. As is streaming. And telehealth.
This doesn’t mean you’ll never see a doctor or dentist face-to-face again. Of course you will.
But think about the way many companies are now adopting new hybrid work schedules, allowing employees to work from home some days, requiring them to come to the office on others. Same thing is happening with telehealth. For certain types of medical consultations, telehealth fits the bill.
The telehealth market is growing quickly. Total U.S. sales of telehealth products and services will grow on average by 28% a year through 2026, predicts ResearchAndMarkets. The dollars are there, too. For just a single market segment — remote patient monitoring — the market watcher expects worldwide revenue in 2026 to total $13 billion.
From TV to telehealth
One company throwing its weight behind telehealth is Intel. During the pandemic’s worst days, Intel worked with telehealth companies to set up solutions in hospitals, using their existing IT infrastructures.
For example, Intel worked with Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare provider that operates 28 acute-care hospitals. Together, they upgraded nearly 1,000 television sets in hospital patient rooms into interactive telehealth systems.
The setup involved adding Intel NUC Mini PCs and advanced telehealth software. Once operating, the systems allowed physicians, nurses and other healthcare practitioners to check in on patients, monitor their oxygen levels and other vitals, and do it remotely
Looking to get into telehealth, but need to know more? Intel is here to help.
You can take nearly a dozen healthcare-related training courses now with Intel Partner University. That’s the training arm of the new Intel Partner Alliance, which unites all Intel partner programs.
These partner training courses include “AI and deep learning in health,” “IoT and healthcare” and “How NUC is changing industries.” Some of these courses can be completed in as little as 15 minutes, meaning you can fit them in between your other appointments and projects.