As it relates to chronic care, the idea and application of Telemedicine has been a hit. This is also the case with some other types of care like psychiatric visits where patients can do more on demand visits as opposed to scheduled appointments. But as Telemedicine’s popularity grows, one of the biggest implications is going to be new ways that it is used to provide patient care.
In 2014, Telemedicine got another big boost when new guidance from the American Medical Association came out promoting its use and best practices for financial reimbursement. Since then there has been more and more talk about how telemedicine applications. However, there hasn’t been a lot of discussion about telemedicine as a means to deliver emergency care.
For most people, when they feel ill or they are injured at work or playing sports they immediately head to the ER. While the ER is a great place to get immediate attention, the care comes with high costs. Many times while immediate care is required, the need isn’t really an emergency. This type of care is opening the door to a new type of emergency/immediate care that can embrace the growing telemedicine trend.
In a recent article on Healthcare Informatics , Dr. Andrew Wagner discussed the possibilities for remote emergency care and how there are many applications for it as opposed to traditional ER visits. While Wagner is clear that he doesn’t believe that telemedicine straight up replaces either a primary care or emergency doctor, he does believe that in many cases it is more than sufficient. He goes further to share how 90% of diagnoses are made through communication between a doctor and the patient and the ability to make these diagnoses over telemedicine would be more than sufficient.
Would you visit a virtual ER? Why or why not?
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About Bob Higginbotham
Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org