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Behind the mHealth, Telehealth Boom

Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2011
Strategic partnerships

Vendors have been partnering with or purchasing companies to secure their spot in the mHealth market, but increasingly they are working with healthcare organizations such as the Mayo Clinic and Meridian Health to develop healthcare apps. The telehealth industry has also seen a flurry of partnership and acquisition activity.

New tele-services

Remote radiology was one of the earliest examples of telehealth; remote or e-visits and remote or e-ICUs soon followed. A more recent trend toward remote surgery will also drive growth in the market, according to the report. "With the advent of advanced surgical techniques like Tele-surgery and robotic surgery, demand for image processing software and equipment is increasing," the report states.

"Moreover, for finer movements in surgeries, surgeons are provided with 3D glasses. In the future, sufficient bandwidth will be required to minimize the lag time in the audio-visual simulation in advanced surgical methods through tele-surgery."

 

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J. Kuriyan (8/30/2011 at 1:27 PM)
What really holds back Tele-health are the arcane rules of licensure set up by State Medical Societies to "protect" their members patients from being "poached" by out of state health practitioners. If national licenses (like Board Certifications) are issued, in addition to or instead of state licenses then Tele-health will grow and thrive, especially in treatment of chronic patients. Many chronic patients really need a few minutes of consults every month - once they are in a good "maintenance" protocol. That will reduce the workload of PCPs - and allow them to see more patients who need personal attention. Off-loading the huge number of chronic patients can sound threatening to a PCP butby setting up a simple PC based system they can also participate in the boom.