Telemedicine: The Disruption of Healthcare Delivery Models
If you have been under a rock for the last 10 years or so, you may not have heard the term ‘telehealth’ or ‘telemedicine’ or ‘virtual visit’ or ‘virtual care’. However, if you read any newspaper, online journal or subscribe to any peer reviewed healthcare articles, you have probably heard these terms pop up more and more often. Telehealth and its disruption of the healthcare delivery model is here to stay.
According to the Pew Research Center, 95% of Americans own a cellphone of some kind. During one of my recent presentations, I conducted an unscientific poll of the audience. Most had at least 2 mobile device within reach during the meeting; some up to 4. Many of us live our lives through our devices, accessing social media sites and purchasing everything from clothing to groceries, and even cars online.
If you live in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, or Ohio, the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center is your regional source for all things telehealth. We are very excited to be hosting our inaugural telehealth conference on July 23rd and 24th at the Gillespie Center in South Bend, Indiana. There are 3 pre-conference sessions to choose from on Tuesday the 23rd (Intro to Telehealth, Broadband and Data, and Policy) where we will have national speakers on hand to bring you the latest data and trends on telehealth policy, broadband access in rural areas, and telehealth technology. On Wednesday the 24th, our keynote speaker, Michelle Hager from Blue Cirrus, will speak about how those of us in the field of telehealth are like the Justice League. That’s right, folks, we are all telehealth champions in our own right! We will also have breakout sessions with speakers from all 4 our states talking about their own successful programs, with topics ranging from e-911, prenatal care, telehealth networks, Behavioral Health and more.
Gather your fellow #TelehealthChampions and join us!
We’ll leave the light on for you.
- Telehealth and its disruption of the healthcare delivery model is here to stay.
- Is your door open, closed, or somewhere in between? Telehealth and Telemedicine can be intimidating, scary, exciting, and to some completely absurd. Some close the door, and think, absolutely not, we cannot see patients and communicate with other providers through a screen.