Many people haven’t yet heard about the concept of telehealth but it has been looming over the horizon for many years and Jack Plotkin think it’s poised to change the medical industry forever. It generally entails consulting with your physician without actually having to visit them at the doctor’s office. When they first started using this practice, it didn’t work very well as they had their patients relaying the symptoms over the phone. The doctors would then attempt to determine what type of disease they may have based solely on the data they were provided in that phone call. Of course, there has been a lot of technological innovation in recent years which has led to the rise of smartwatches and other wearable health gadgets.
With these types of devices, you are now able to send your biometrics directly to your physician and have them provide a diagnosis to you within a few hours. Of course, it’s not always that simple as many doctors these days don’t typically have access to the medical records of the patients they’re treating. Nurses also find themselves in a rather precarious situation when attempting to access the electronic medical records they need. However, they are currently working on a solution to this problem and it’s known as virtual health. This platform attempts to integrate the EMR data into the rest of the database so doctors can access those files much more easily.
However, Jack Plotkin points out that even if this new system works, there is still the issue of cost. Medicare won’t subsidize this cost and Medicaid refuses to cover it. None of the other major insurance companies will pay for it either so it’s only used by the wealthy. Nevertheless, it may still become a common practice one of these days.
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