Mobile healthcare clinics represent an indispensable component of the healthcare system that delivers care to communities that are hard to access by the traditional system. They help provide high-quality care at low cost to vulnerable people in the communities. Now that most hospitals around the globe are overwhelmed with patients suffering from COVID-19, mobile clinics are making a difference by helping out.
Mobile clinics are hospitals on wheels that can be deployed anywhere to reach populations suffering from extreme poverty, communities with racial and minority backgrounds, displaced and homeless populations, recent immigrants and migrant workers, children, and people who lack insurance. A mobile medical trailer that’s custom-made to suit the doctors or medical practitioners’ needs provides services such as pediatric care, maternal care, dental care, and a variety of other services. Let’s look at how communities can benefit from mobile clinics.
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Mobile clinics are successful in reaching communities with poor health and can’t access quality healthcare. By traveling to these communities and offering affordable and sometimes free services, mobile clinics remove logistical constraints such as difficulty making appointments, difficulty-accessing hospitals due to inadequate roads or transportation, long waiting times, complicated administrative processes, and financial barriers, such as lack of money or insurance.
Mobile clinics help overcome barrier challenges in communities like cultural differences where trust and strong relationships are built over time between healthcare providers and community members. When communities begin trusting healthcare providers, it breaks some cultural practices where some communities fear seeking modern medicines, have different beliefs about hospitals, or are barred from culture to go to hospitals. But then, when mobile clinics are near them, and they collaborate with local leaders and community organizations, such barriers are lifted, and people in the communities benefit from mobile health clinics’ healthcare services.
With COVID-19 creating uncertainty worldwide, mobile clinics have come in handy by going to the grassroots communities and screening them, while also educating them on preventative measures like washing hands, wearing masks, and maintaining social distance. Some governments are also using mobile clinics to access the hard to reach areas where they are distributing masks, soaps, and sanitizers to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Improves health outcomes
Many mobile clinics provide continuous support for disease management to vulnerable populations. Studies show that minority communities are more prone to poorer health and face many challenges when accessing healthcare. With mobile clinics, they can screen for cancer, high blood pressure, HIV, COVID-19, and other serious diseases.
Mobile clinics enable these communities to manage their health after being screened for these diseases. Mothers can also start accessing prenatal care from mobile medical clinics and ensuring their babies’ health and safe delivery. Seniors or people with chronic conditions can also access treatment and care from these clinics in their communities without having to travel so far to hospitals. Babies and children can access vaccines that help with their immune system.
Hence, mobile clinics provide a potential resource to those who wouldn’t go to a hospital or health center for treatment or checkups. Without the services offered by these clinics, diagnosis and treatment would be delayed, and subsequent disease management would be further complicated.
Technology only makes it better.
In recent years, technology has evolved and has helped with advances in providing better healthcare. Mobile medical trailers are custom-made and fitted with the latest imaging technology like MRIs, CT, X-RAY, and mammography, helping identify cancer, hypertension, and other health conditions. The mobile medical trailers are fitted with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, enabling them to provide on-demand tests, treatment, and care. This eliminates the need for doctors operating in the mobile clinics having to send tests to the main hospitals where they wait for long periods to get results. With the advancement of medical technology equipment, communities can benefit from better healthcare and prompt screening, diagnosis, and treatment.
The mobile clinics are designed functionally and aesthetically, which encourages user-friendliness and offers patients a great experience. Some trailers have enough space to treat several patients at a time, therefore eliminating a lot of waiting time, and with technology, it’s even faster.
Locating patient information is easy.
Mobile clinics work because they offer a flexible, convenient, and comfortable workplace for medical practitioners. Patient information can be stored online and backed up in the cloud, eliminating the need to store patient’s information in files and cabinets that take up a lot of space you could use for something else. Real-time applications allow doctors to access and update patient information previously stored. A paperless environment makes your job more efficient and reduces the risk of losing patient information, which is essential when treating patients.
Having a network where you can store and access information is important, especially in communities where you could be looking after quite a number of patients. It makes your work a bit easier.
Providing affordable healthcare
Mobile clinics can produce significant savings because of their ability to offer community-tailored care in high-risk areas. People living in extreme poverty can access healthcare services at mobile clinics because their services are affordable. Sometimes, if funded by the government or hospitals, some mobile clinics offer free services.
Delivering affordable healthcare at a community level can prove to be challenging. This is especially true for minority populations and underserved communities. Therefore, mobile medical clinics are a clear solution to this problem. Multiple communities can share costs while providing healthcare to those who need it. They can also share the infrastructure of some of these mobile medical trailers.
Mobile clinics are subject to the same regulations, compliance, and quality assurance as regular clinics and hospitals. These regulations ensure that communities and patients of mobile clinics receive the same quality of care from medical specialists. This means that communities can access quality healthcare, make them aware of their health, and learn ways to live better and healthier lifestyles.