Jack Plotkin believes telehealth might be the future of the medical industry but how has it evolved over the years? Well, it dates back to the early 1950s when the only way they could perform this procedure was by answering yes or no questions about their symptoms over the phone. The doctor was then expected to try and diagnose the medical condition based on the knowledge they acquired. As you might imagine, this was not the easiest method of diagnosis but, nowadays, it has become easier with the rise of portable fitness gadgets that can keep track of your vital signs and transmit your biometrics wirelessly to the medical lab for analysis. Of course, even after they receive this information, it can still be difficult due to lack of access to EMRs.
It’s not just doctors who are struggling with this. There are many nurses who work at calling centers who also find their access to electronic medical records to be scarce. However, it seems there may be hope yet for medical professionals as they are currently working on a new platform known as Virtual Health which seeks to successfully integrate the EMRs with the rest of the medical database to make it easier to access the medical records they need. Jack Plotkin reminds people that Medicare and Medicaid do not cover these telehealth treatments nor do any of the major insurance companies. And as you would expect, these procedures tend to get pretty expensive.
As such, it is typically only affordable to those who are able to pay for it out of pocket but nevertheless society always finds a way to make these types of things more commonplace. And with new people coming on to the telehealth scene, this seems to be only a matter of time.