TeleHealth bust or the future?

  • 82 percent of U.S. consumers do not use telehealth.
  • In 2016, researchers posing as patients turned to 16 different telemedicine apps to diagnose skin issues. The results? Some of the online doctors misdiagnosed conditions like syphilis, others prescribed unnecessary meds, and two of the sites used doctors who aren’t licensed to practice in the state the patient was located.
  • Even in the digital age, a lot of people simply want to see their doctor in person. They’re not Luddites. But sick, vulnerable people often need in-person reassurance from another human being in the room. A smartphone app simply won’t cut it.
  • Still telehealth is going to find a niche.

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Telehealth: Hype or real market need?

KEY TAKEAWAY: If you follow social media you would think that telehealth is going to revolutionize healthcare but the reality is very much different.  Yes, there are some instances where telehealth can be used to help patients, but there are also too many instances where telehealth could harm patients and widen the physician-patient relationship. Continue reading