Telemedicine Set to Bloom in 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Source: MDT

“Telemedicine may just be the biggest trend in digital health in 2015,” wrote Skip Fleshman, partner at Asset Management Ventures, in an article for Forbes. He noted that in his work, he has spent “a lot of time crisscrossing the country chatting with leading healthcare providers and insurers about their technology needs - by far the area they are most interested in is telemedicine.” According to Fleshman, Andrew Watson, the Chief Medical Director of Telemedicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has this to say: “Telemedicine is moving like lightning. We’re able to do so much more than before.”

Susan D. Hall of FierceHealthIT, based on Fleshman’s article, picked out four reasons why telemedicine will trend in 2015. Namely, they are:

  • Faster Internet connections and better software provide a better video chat experience than in the past
  • With mobile devices, people can consult a doctor from anywhere
  • The adoption of electronic health records makes it easier for doctors to access patient records
  • Patients are comfortable with asynchronous messaging, which can be more time-efficient for doctors

Fleshman noted that in the beginning, it was thought that the convenience brought on by telemedicine and technology “would appeal mostly to younger patients, who expect to be able to access services on the Internet, and it does.” However, he points out that “the area where it will have the most impact may well be with older populations.”

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