Jack Plotkin is always tracking various trends in the medical field but lately, there is a new one that promises to revolutionize the way we go to the doctor. It goes by many names but most people just refer to it as telehealth. It’s the concept of consulting with your physician without being in the same room as them. As such, it has become widely available thanks to the new invention known as wearable health devices. Coming in different forms such as armbands, pendants, bracelets and watches, these gadgets are capable of tracking your vital signs and sending your biometrics to the doctors for analysis and examination. They then attempt to use this information to successfully diagnose and treat whatever type of illness you may have.
Of course, this has proven to be rather difficult in recent years due to the fact that many of these medical professionals have found themselves limited in the access they have to their patient’s medical records. Nurses too have also found themselves unable to obtain the electronic medical records of their patients. However, there may be hope for them as they are currently attempting to develop a new platform known as virtual health. Designed to be launched within a year or two, this system is attempting to combine the EMRs with the rest of the medical information in the database making it easier for doctors to successfully diagnose and treat the illnesses of their patients.
Of course, should this new system prove to work well, there is still the issue of this new treatment costing the average consumer an arm and a leg. Jack Plotkin recently discovered that these new treatments aren’t covered by Medicare or Medicaid and all the major insurance companies are refusing to subsidize the costs of this system. As such, it is only available for those who are able to afford the inflated cost of this new system. Back in the ’50s, the only way to use telehealth was over the phone but it was difficult for the doctor to diagnose it due to the limited knowledge they are provided.