Is Telemedicine the Future of Health Care?

Telemedicine, or the ability for a doctor to complete a patient examination remotely utilizing technology, is not a new concept. In fact, the concept dates back to 1925 when Hugo Gernsback published a theory that remote aperture that could be controlled wirelessly to help a doctor physically “examine” a patient. Today’s telemedicine has advanced tremendously with the advent of the Internet and video conferencing. 

Telemedicine Regulations

Telemedicine is regarded as the future of health care and may someday be a significant factor in patient care. Currently, regulations are thwarting many necessary factors leading telemedicine into the future. For instance, the United States does not have a standard agreement on how telemedicine can be practiced throughout the nation. Instead, individual states have their own ideas on how to conduct a patient interview and how to dispense medicine. Connecticut recently passed S.B. 302, which allows doctors to prescribe controlled substances via telemedicine to patients suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse. A national bill is in the works, but until then each state is responsible for telemedicine’s effectiveness.

Emerging Technology

Telemedicine has been heralded as an emerging technology that can save millions of dollars and thousands of hours per year. Patients are reticent in keeping follow-up appointments, and telemedicine may be the answer to help patients keep their appointments. Trained staff can remotely examine and speak with patients during follow-up appointments, only asking to see patients in the office when their conditions necessitate a visit. Likewise, insurance companies can benefit from telemedicine when emergency situations can be treated via a video conference call. For instance, parents of a small child suffering from ear pain can call a clinic and visit with a qualified healthcare professional who can prescribe antibiotics after noting the patient’s symptoms. With a minimum amount of contact, the parents are not hassled with leaving the house, prescriptions are called in to the pharmacy, and the child is seen within minutes rather than waiting in an emergency room for hours. 

The future of medicine will undoubtedly include telemedicine. For today, HIPAA compliance and the threat of a cybersecurity breach are stalling many practices from embracing this idea. Although Community Impact News lists telemedicine as one of the top three fastest-growing public health technologies, telemedicine still has many hurdles to overcome. Help your office embrace this time- and money-saving idea by staying abreast of the latest telemedicine news. ReactDx will help with information at your fingertips. Simply give us a call at 800-23-HEART or contact us online to learn more about telemedicine and our line of remote cardiac monitors.

Jodi is a seasoned Human Resources professional who thrives on change and transformation. She fell in love with Human Resources when she attended Penn State University for graduate school in Public Administration with a curriculum that emphasized Human Resources. After earning her Master’s degree she began her career in the manufacturing industry in Talent Acquisition and was eventually assigned the overall HR Management responsibility of three divisions which included collective bargaining. Ultimately, she made her way to transitioning a new division of a Fortune 100 company under the corporate model as well as developing and executing Human Resources policies and procedures across a broad range of functional disciplines. At the next juncture of her career, she was tapped on the shoulder by former Executives that she previously worked with to join in on an exciting start-up. Today, Jodi is the Vice President of Talent Relations and Development for Medicomp Inc dba ReactDx and is responsible for managing the strategic Human Resources function which includes mergers and acquisitions for this rapidly expanding company.

Jodi and her husband enjoy landscaping, finding new restaurants and traveling whenever life gives them the opportunity.

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