The field of telemedicine is is the future and it’s changing faster than ever before. Technology has grown exponentially over the past few years and it has led to the affordability and accessibility of telemedicine. The increased popularity of telemedicine provides access to medical care and hospitals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Telemedicine is on the rise and smartphones are becoming more popular by the day which means mobile applications are constantly being made. There have been devices designed to monitor blood pressure and glucose with telemedicine in mind.
Just about every service has established a guideline to be followed and this includes telemedicine. Telemedicine providers and users don’t have a set of standard guidelines, they follow the same guidelines set by the American Medical Association.
Some of the guidelines included involve when to use telemedicine, which states that telemedicine can’t be used for any condition that requires an in-person examination by a physician. Notifying the patient is also important for telemedicine providers, they have to explain how these services work and the limits of current technology.
There are also guidelines under the American Medical Association that reference patient evaluation, management, and your responsibilities. They state you are responsible for determining the requirements of the patient. It also states how to connect patients with a suitable physician. There are outlines for recording the patient data and using a database.
There are guidelines for billing information which states that telemedicine providers need to keep their patients informed of medical costs before any procedure, treatment or exam takes place.
There are a number of barriers to telemedicine even though it has been increasing in popularity. These barriers include state legislation, state licensing, and patient reimbursement policies.
The future of telemedicine looks great as of now. Market analysis shows that telemedicine will be a 36 billion dollar industry around 2020. There was a large group of patients who were surveyed recently and 75% report they would be interested in telemedicine and predict a bright future for the industry.
With many advancements in the fields of technology such as virtual reality and a constantly growing user base of telemedicine services show an exciting future for the industry. There are always advancements being made, some of which include robotic arms which can be controlled remotely. Then there’s the whole smart watch industry which connect to health trackers using bluetooth or wireless networks. All of these things will play an important role in the telemedicine industry and the future looks great.