Please Don’t Bastardize Telemedicine 

  
Telemedicine. 

Wikipedia defines telemedicine as the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical health care at a distance. It helps to eliminate barriers due to distance and opens access to medical care that may be unavailable in rural or smaller communities. 

I have seen the beauty in the use of telemedicine and have leveraged it personally for my own care. I have even included telemedicine as a part of the redesign for offering “choice” in delivering a my ideal patient experience. 

Where my question resides is with all of the rampant startups, uptake, reimbursement incentives, and population health:

Do organizations have a strategy or are they hopping on a train headed directly back to the industrial medical complex? 

Offering choice is part of designing the myidealptexp yet if it causes more fragmentation in care, less visibility in information sharing, and impacting overall patient care and health…then why offer it other than for financial gain? 

I know some have a clear vision and strategy. 

However I fear that the vast majority are taking telemedicine as a “best practice,” adopting it, and scaling it to reach mass mediocrity. 

Please don’t bastardized telemedicine into another epic EMR fail. 

Make the right choice and offer a my ideal patient experience. 

As always feel free to email me at cancergeek@gmail.com

Cancergeek

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2 responses to “Please Don’t Bastardize Telemedicine 

  1. Interesting thought/fear on the race to mediocrity. And it’s one that’s well founded. As I look across the start up scene I see so many me-too models doomed to financial mediocrity, but the model is having its 30 seconds of fame so it gets funded. Round after ludicrously priced round. It doesn’t matter if it’s in medicine or another area.

    There was once a time (long, long ago in a galaxy…you know the rest) when ideas needed to provide value, both to the customer and to the investor. Any sense of financial value in health care was obfuscated decades ago. Until we find some balance and transparency between these two points, can anything work?

  2. “However I fear that the vast majority are taking telemedicine as a “best practice,” adopting it, and scaling it to reach mass mediocrity.”

    Mass mediocrity everywhere. In cancer survivorship care, the proliferation of cancer centers, the rise of “certifications” that merely provide marketing fodder without quality assurance in real life, the lazy unwillingness to explore and study interventions that are not yet reimbursed but offer promise to improve quality of life…

    Those who wish to buck the mediocrity trend have a long uphill trudge…but every single day it is worth it.

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