Jack Plotkin has been researching telehealth for over twenty years and he truly believes it could become the future of the medical industry. It first began back in the early ’50s when the only way they could facilitate this process was over the phone and, as you can imagine, the lack of technology and information made it particularly difficult for the doctors of that time to diagnose the problem. Because they had to perform it over the phone, they had to describe the symptoms to see if the doctor could figure out what kind of disease they have. Of course, nowadays it has become much easier with the rise of wearable fitness gadgets that can monitor your vital signs and wirelessly transmit your biometrics to the lab for your doctor to analyze.
Of course, even with these new technological innovations, there are still obstacles for it to overcome before it becomes a mainstream procedure. For one thing, there are still doctors and nurses who don’t have access to the medical records of the patients they are currently attempting to treat. As such, these call centers find themselves particularly ill-equipped to aid in the treatment of these patients. The good news, though, is they are currently working on a new platform called Virtual Health which, if successfully implemented, would combine all the medical information into one database making it much easier for doctors to access the medical files they need. Even if this proves to be a success, however, the only issue is this type of treatment is not currently covered by Medicare or Medicaid and, as you can imagine, this type of procedure does not come cheap. Many private insurers won’t cover it either but nevertheless Jack Plotkin says telehealth seems to be on track to becoming commonplace someday.