Sports Medicine Turns to Telemedicine
Telemedicine towers still have their place alongside tablets, because cameras on these towers can pan, zoom and tilt. But tablets are still usable as well.
"With the iPad, then they have to either position the iPad or someone else has to be holding it and reposition it so that they can be seen, but it's still achievable, and we still do it, and it works very well," Williams says.
After two full football seasons of use with high schools and colleges, Williams' clinic has conducted hundreds of telemedicine assessments of athletes. With 49 out of 50 states requiring clearance from a licensed healthcare professional prior to returning to play, the access telemedicine affords is making a big difference in treatment.
Add the sensor data to the mix, and you have the kind of analytics that can lift a whole population of at-risk athletes and provide a much larger evidence base to look at concussion and other sports injury trends over time.
Finally, it also provides yet more scenarios where a patient's initial encounter with medical help takes place via technology. Some said it wasn't possible, or advisable. But sports medicine is yet another example of this new reality.
Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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