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 firstname.lastname@example.org