Future of Telemedicine – 7 Trends Shaping the Future of TelehealthMay 26, 2018 in
7 Trends Shaping the Future of Telehealth
1. Increasing Acceptance of Telehealth as a Standard Of Care
Medical imaging was the first field to fully embrace telemedicine. Medical professionals have relied on long-distance transmission of imaging for more than four decades. In its infancy, the practice was referred to as “teleradiology”: sending x-rays from facility to facility for fast use and analysis. This practice is so common today that the term is barely recognized; it’s become a defacto standard in almost all hospitals.
Today, x-rays, CT scans, MRI results, and other information is routinely shared by medical practitioners separated by hundreds or even thousands of miles. As this kind of sharing becomes the rule rather than the exception, one can expect to see it addressed and assumed in the regulations which govern healthcare at the state and federal levels.