Delivering care via video or smartphone is very different from being in the same room with the patient. It requires a skillset that some doctors don't have (and may never get). Here's what some telehealth providers are doing to make sure their docs are doing it right.
The Federation of State Medical Boards, composed of agencies across the country that license and regulate the medical profession, is crafting a legally binding interstate compact that would promote the use of telemedicine by simplifying the licensing process for doctors who want to practice in multiple states. â€œThe compact would make it easier for physicians to get a license to practice in multiple states and would strengthen public protection because it would help state's share disciplinary information that they cannot share now,â€ Mari E. Robinson, executive director of the Texas Medical Board, told the New York Times. Some health care providers are already acting to fill the gaps and are using video technology to connect patients in rural communities with emergency medicine doctors at remote locations, Express-News medical writer Peggy O'Hare reported.
BOB WACHTER: As the health-care world finally shifts from analog to digital, increasing numbers of patients have access to a patient portal–a site that allows them to schedule appointments, email their physicians, refill medications, and check the...
Opinions by David Youds, a medical communications consultant:
Is pharma currently succeeding at being patient centric?
To be honest, pharma isn’t doing well but there are some promising signs of improvement. The issue is that the industry is often guilty of saying it understands patients while more often than not it’s rhetoric. We need to understand individuals rather than just talking to patient groups to know what it really feels like to live with a condition or care for someone with one. After all, first and foremost, we are all individual.
Don’t get me wrong, patient group interaction is a great way to understand what patients’ needs are at a macro level. But I do feel there is a greater opportunity for interaction, with industry collaborating with societies to learn more about patients, and to feed that into future service improvements. Being patient centric isn’t about doing this as a one-off. It should be looked at across the board and at an individual patient level.
We have been involved with a number of patient-focused research projects and the gratitude shown by the patients to the sponsoring companies for listening to, and involving, them has been humbling. Having a truly patient centric communication and support programme really helps to build mutually beneficial relationships between the patient, healthcare professional and sponsoring company.
What does a true patient-centric approach look like?
Amid claims that healthcare applications from Apple and Samsung will assist in propelling the health hardware industry to be worth $3 billion by 2019, an Australian expert in eHealth systems has described recent health apps as ‘useless’.
Medical societies are joining the call for better support for telemedicine, stating that when appropriately used, it can help address physician shortages and improve quality of care. The American Medical Association’s policy-making body – the House of Delegates – approved a set of guiding principles at its annual meeting in June, including the following: • A physician should have a valid face-to-face relationship with the patient before telemedicine services are provided, except in the instance of on-call or cross-coverage situations. Courtesy AMADr. Robert Wah • Those who deliver...
Telemedicine may be a big boost to helping employers trim their bottom line, with new analysis saying the emerging technology could save U.S. companies hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars in costs.
Telestroke is the "poster child" for telemedicine, but it's unclear whether other specialties will be able to replicate its success. Further, all telehealth services continue to face barriers related to payment and licensure.
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