As a relatively new concept in the healthcare industry, we have a pretty straightforward view of how telemedicine should be utilized. In the fast-paced world we inhabit, telemedicine is a great way for patients to connect with their care providers to discuss mild medical aliments. It saves patients time by allowing them to speak with doctors from the comfort of home. Additionally, it increases traffic for the doctors and medical practices involved. Overall, it’s a win-win, in the right context.
Telemedicine will undoubtedly be around for years to come. Still, as with most new technologies in healthcare, the adoption process for telemedicine devices, applications, and software has been slow. But, perhaps our view of this new technology is too narrow. Is it possible that telemedicine has more practical applications, and that we have only begun to see a fraction of its full potential?