This week Dr. Jay Parkinson had this to say about telemedicine and telehype: In the minds of consumers, they hear telehealth and they hear a cheap 10 minutes with a stranger. They don’t hear that it should be like managing a project at work over time using online and in-person communication with a known team of highly competent people. Over the past ... Continue Reading about Telemedicine and Telehype
I watched a news segment this week about the rising popularity of telemedicine. The segment profiled a doctor and showed him conducting a telemedicine visit in his home. To my surprise he was wearing a stethoscope around his neck. It got me thinking about telemedicine and stethoscopes. I asked my wife, ‘what’s he plannin’ do with that stethoscope, I ... Continue Reading about The Truth About Telemedicine and Stethoscopes
The first thing I heard from my team after starting full time telehealth was the exhaustion that seemed to set in at the end of the day. I have noticed this myself. After 8 hours of back-to-back virtual engagement with parents I found myself with a kind of telemedicine fatigue that’s hard to describe. Then I started hearing the same sentiment from doctors on ... Continue Reading about Telemedicine Fatigue and the Stress of Remote Care
This Bloomberg article shows how the gig economy meets medicine. Or how doctors are choosing to care for patients in their pajamas. This concept isn’t new necessarily, but it got me thinking about how we might be getting ahead of ourselves. This quote caught my eye: "The current system doesn’t work. It’s inefficient,’’ said Amy Fan, a 30-year-old ... Continue Reading about Gig Economy Meets Medicine – The Limits of Virtual Care
This week Ernest Quintana, a 78-year-old man with lung disease, was told by a doctor on a telemedicine encounter that he did not have long to live. Caught on phone video the family took to the media where it has triggered a national conversation about conversations. Here are 3 takeaways from this case: Hold critical conversations in person When possible. Critical ... Continue Reading about Lessons From a Botched Telemedicine Encounter
This from Chrissy Farr at CNBC today, Why telemedicine has been such a bust so far. Billions of investment dollars have been poured into apps and websites that offer this virtual consultations with physicians, ranging from Doctor on Demand to American Well. The theory behind them is that millennials would opt for a digital alternative to an in-person physician's ... Continue Reading about Is Telemedicine Really a Bust?