By Daniel Casciato
While virtual medicine, or telemedicine, has been around for many years, its current revival is based on the lower cost of technology and increase sophistication of its user base, both at the provider level and at the patient level.
“The reason telemedicine is so important is that it allows individuals who are not in an environment where better physicians and service capabilities are to gain access to these capabilities and increase professional experience on the part of the physician,” says Steve Nitenson, adjunct professor of Healthcare IT at Golden Gate University.
Telemedicine today can be viewed as computer-to-computer, physician-to-patient, counselor-to-patient, or physician-to-physician interaction about a patient’s care. Nitenson notes that physicians have very much bought into the technology of telemedicine and are beginning to use such technologies as iPads, smart phones, or web portals to exploit this on a user basis.
“It is also noted, that the increased utilization and embracing of this technology with those physicians and healthcare providers that have awareness of and have increased comfort level in the use of technology,” he says. “For older physicians who are unwilling or unable to take advantage of this technology there’s not much to can be done to improve their potential use of telemedicine technology.” [Read more…]