Biowebspin, August 1st, 2016
Telemedicine Start-ups Promise To Transform Health Care.
by Thomas Morrow in Managed care, 2016
For the most part, the technology highlighted in Tomorrow’s Medicine is used in a small segment of the population faced with a specific condition for which that technology had an impact.
This month is different, as I review what is likely to become a structural change to the entire fabric of medical care: telemedicine.
Unlike most of the technology highlighted in Tomorrow’s Medicine, telemedicine is not really new. The first documented use may have been on March 10, 1876, when Alexander Graham Bell called out; “Mr. Watson, come here—I want to see you” because, according to some accounts, he spilled battery acid on his hand. But telemedicine is undergoing an amazingly rapid evolution, perhaps even a revolution. This revolution is the culmination of several major technology developments: microelectronics, digital photography, broadband width and speed, compression technology to enable high-quality video and, for many people (i.e., patients), the smartphone.
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