Telehealth has been around for over 50 years but could it someday become the future of the medical industry? Well, Jack Plotkin has a sneaking suspicion it just might be. Back in the day, the only way they could perform this procedure was by having the patient relay their symptoms to the doctor over the phone. They then had to try and determine what type of condition they may have based on the information they were provided. As you might imagine, this quickly proved to be an ineffective method of diagnosis. Of course, the good news is things have gotten a lot easier in recent years thanks to the rise of modern technology and the advent of wearable health devices. This type of tech can record your vital signs and transmit them back to the lab of your doctor.
The medical professionals are then able to analyze this information to better diagnose and treat your condition. Of course, this can often be difficult due to the fact that they don’t always have access to the medical records they need and nurses often find themselves with EMRs in scarce supply. However, they are currently working on a new platform known as virtual health which, if implemented successfully, will enable doctors and nurses to be able to access whatever files they need whenever necessary. However, even if it works, there is still the issue of cost as insurance doesn’t cover it and Medicare and Medicaid won’t subsidize the costs either.
But the good news is it’s not exactly an essential part of the annual physical. Jack Plotkin remains confident that it will someday become mainstream but, until then, it’s not as if we need to have this available to the majority of the public right here and now. We’ll just keep waiting.