Monday, March 30, 2015

The New Definition of Telemedicine

Buoyed by its pilot project’s success, UCLA’s Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases plans to expand its testing of a telemedicine system based on Apple’s iPad. The app allows doctors, nurses, and patients to communicate and track symptoms and care in an ongoing dialogue.

The latest generation of physicians is driving this type of technology—younger doctors tend to prefer wireless devices over older forms of communication. According to the American Telemedicine Association, some 10 million patients today are already benefiting from such technology—a 10-fold increase over the previous year alone!

The broadest understanding of “telemedicine” includes the growing use of patient portals that allow patients to access to their medical records and communicate more directly with doctors and nurses. Effective use can measurably reduce unnecessary patient visits.

Sharing data, including complex diagnostic images (x-rays, MRIs, electrocardiograms, and more), speeds up consults and expands the team providing care for patients. In fact, diagnostic consulting is moving to the next level: New York’s Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has already started using the already-famous artificial-intelligence capabilities of IBM’s Watson megacomputer to help diagnose and treat cancer.

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Been busy with Greenbranch Publishing business, plus a little time off for fun. Now, back to the blogging and helping medical practices solve problems!