The simplest way to define telemedicine is the delivery of remote healthcare services using technology. It’s no mystery that telemedicine has enabled hospital systems to advance access to care, deliver measurable patient outcomes, and optimize organizational efficiencies.
Specifically, telemedicine platforms have allowed patients and providers alike access to specialty physicians they may otherwise never have. Services such as teleNeurology, telePsychiatry, and teleICU are becoming a common part of the patient care continuum. Driven by physician shortages, geographical barriers, and financial obstacles, telemedicine is now everywhere.
This begs the question: What other challenges can telemedicine help overcome for hospitals, providers and even patients? [Read more…]