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Could the Future of Healthcare Not Include Telemedicine?

Recently the ATA (American Telemedicine Association) held their annual conference which looks at the telemedicine and telehealth industry. I’ve always wanted to attend the event, but they’ve never had it at a time or a location that worked out well for me. One of these days I’m going to add it to my schedule of healthcare IT conferences. Until then, at least I can follow along with the conference on Twitter.

Coming out of the opening plenary session was this really interesting quote about telemedicine tweeted by the ATA twitter account:

I’d probably add that Telemedicine is the natural evolution of healthcare and technology. In fact, it’s clear to me that there’s no practical reason we shouldn’t be doing telemedicine for a large portion of our interactions with the healthcare system. It won’t replace all of them, but it should replace a lot of them.

The title of this post asks the question “Could the Future of Healthcare Not Include Telemedicine?”

My answer to that question is that I see no healthcare future where telemedicine doesn’t play a major role. It’s taken us forever to figure out telemedicine reimbursement. We’ve made progress but still have a long way to go. However, I don’t see any reason why telemedicine would not be a part of the future of healthcare.

Or as Andrew Watson, MD said, “Telemedicine is the natural evolution of healthcare.” We’re going to naturally go there whether people like it or not. It’s hard to kick against evolution and that’s true for telemedicine too.

May 3, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

InTouch Health Introduces RP-Xpress™

InTouch Health has announced its new RP-Xpress telemedicine device. The size of the RP-Xpress and Wi-Fi connectivity makes the device more portable than any of the previous InTouch offerings.  The company also announced plans to incorporate mobile broadband into the RP-Xpress, which will enable use of the device in non-hospital settings.

Portable Remote Presence Telemedicine Consults Now Available Beyond the Hospital

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–InTouch Health® unveiled today the RP-Xpress™ at the American Telemedicine Association’s 16th Annual International Meeting and Exposition in Tampa, FL. The RP-Xpress™ is a portable telemedicine device designed for use in clinical environments using standard 802.11 Wi-Fi, enabling physicians to deliver real-time patient consults into hospitals and clinics. InTouch Health and select health system partners are further developing ‘out of hospital’ telemedicine applications with RP-Xpress utilizing cellular broadband connectivity.

RP-Xpress is a lightweight, rugged, portable device that brings the physician to the point of care, enabling remote consultation and active patient monitoring. As with all InTouch Health Remote Presence telemedicine devices, the RP-Xpress is FDA-cleared Class II for the highest level of clinical acuity. The portability of the RP-Xpress enables the delivery of clinical services across the continuum of care, improving the quality, access and timeliness of care.

“I envision the RP-Xpress being used in a variety of clinical environments, where the portability of the device will lend to earlier subspecialist consultation with an extra set of eyes and ears on the patient. In the case of transport, the RP-Xpress will allow me to assess a patient and recommend treatment strategies hours earlier than I would otherwise. For a critically ill pediatric patient, the management during those first few hours clearly influence outcome,” stated Dr. Jason Knight, Medical Director of Emergency Transport Services at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California.

InTouch Health provides complete telemedicine solutions that allow physicians to remotely perform real-time consults with hospital patients. The Company provides a secure cloud-based telemedicine platform, FDA-cleared Remote Presence devices, 24/7 network support and comprehensive planning and implementation services.

InTouch Health is showcasing its complete suite of telemedicine products and services at the American Telemedicine Association annual conference in Tampa, FL, May 1- 3, 2011. Please visit InTouch Health at Booth #1217.

About InTouch Health

InTouch Health provides comprehensive telemedicine solutions and expertise that enable physicians to perform remote active patient monitoring and consultations. Through a single portal, physicians can access a host of purpose-built, FDA-cleared telemedicine devices, to provide care anywhere across the continuum: homes, clinics, ambulances, procedure rooms, EDs, ICUs, and patient wards. The InTouch Health Remote Presence telemedicine network is powered through its SureConnect® cloud-based infrastructure providing unparalleled connection quality and reliability, interoperability, workflow imaging and documentation, and services and support. Wherever access to medical expertise is limited, InTouch Health’s Remote Presence telemedicine solutions can effectively extend the physician’s reach to manage patient care, thereby removing critical time and distance barriers.

The Company has more than 400 hospital locations on six continents enrolled in its Remote Presence network for the delivery of telemedicine services such as stroke, critical care, cardiology, trauma, pediatrics, neonatology, psychiatry, language translation, and clinical education and surgical/procedure mentoring.

May 3, 2011 I Written By