The reality is that a telemedicine visit likely could raise costs. The idea of having to uproot yourself, go to the doctors office, wait in the waiting room, wait in the exam room, etc is a really big deterrent that stops many of us from going to the doctors. The idea that I could click on a link and see a doctor from the comfort of my own home with no wait times (or at least I’m waiting at home where I can get other things done) will definitely cause us to see the doctor more often.
Many groups see google glass as an opportunity to provide the clinician an additional channel to review patient information, however, a greater benefit is adding a remote physician into the room with the patient. It might be the new telemedicine disrupter.
While the “Dangers of do-it yourself telemedicine” are not really dangers (article below), they should be considered challenges to building a reliable system. When starting a new project (or upgrading an old) it is always advisable to bring in outside talent to assist with reviewing the options.
As the focus for healthcare payment models shifts to incentivize patient outcomes and reward provider accountability, care delivered virtually and via telehealth technology will grow in prominence, according to Nina Antoniotti, director of telehealth business at the Marshfield (Wisconsin) Clinic.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has decided to try some “disruptive technology” in their ED by using Google Glass as a telepresence platform. This might be a better way for multiple clinicians to interact with the patient. Trying to maneuver around robots, carts, and cameras can be “disruptive” to practicing medicine.
Federal efforts to define and advance telehealth are certainly a work in progress as nationwide and state-based laws are developed. A new study in Telemedicine and e-Health explores seven unique definitions of telehealth in current use across the U.S. government.