Telemedicine is currently the talk of every journal, article, symposium, or conference pertaining to medicine and healthcare. While the telemedicine is finding popularity in medical facilities across the U.S., patients are embracing it as an efficient and highly cost-effective form of healthcare. Considering the fact that telemedicine isn’t a new concept to hit the field of medicine, what took it so long to find its moment of fame?
In recent article published on Forbes, Todd Hixon, an investor with New Atlantic Ventures, a launch-pad for early-stage companies, discussed why telemedicine has become a subject of recent interest. Telemedicine has a great application in extending treatment to rural areas and to those places which are deprived of traditional medical facilities. In fact, telemedicine is being embraced as a potent and cost-effective means of healthcare by patients and doctors alike. However, Hixon points out that these benefits of telemedicine have been known for more than a decade and should not be taken as a reason for the current boom in telemedicine.
The doctor-patient relationship has undergone a sea of change in the last few decades. In the past, the relationship between the patient and the doctor used to be a long-term one, bordering on a life-long commitment on the doctor’s part to ensure good health and well-being of his patients. According to Hixon, the real benefit of telemedicine lies in the revival of “relationship medicine,” an idea that attaches prime importance to the doctor-patient relationship. Through telemedicine doctors can monitor their patients around the clock, while patients can easily and quickly alert their doctors of any physical discomfort, pain etc., in real time, right when these things occur.
With a direct emphasis on relationship-based medicine, telemedicine offers both the doctor and the patient the benefits of seamless conversation, which leads to better diagnosis, treatment, and cure. This is the real reason behind the sudden popularity of telemedicine.
What do you think? Do you agree? Why do you think telemedicine is on the rise?
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 email@example.com