If you’re thinking about telehealth as it is today you may consider it a fad that will most likely disappear after the pandemic’s influence on us fades away. I think you would be mistaken. Telehealth is not a physician sitting at home talking to you on a monitor. It will go much further than that.
Consider all the components of communication, labs, consultations, x-rays and MRI and the myriad of days gathering that occur. So all of these are being broken down into separable events which can then be compiled and reviewed as needed by the care provider and patient.
In the past, the patient had to arrive in the facility to do all of these. This didn’t even give us the advantage of time series on vitals. We are all going to have wearables showing much greater detail on what has been going on.
The coming innovation is going to show all measurables at a quick, convenient and relevant time that compiles to a review that triggers interventions by healthcare staff.
This isn’t about remote doctors, it’s about broad ongoing innovative health for all.
Don Wicklegren is Xilium's founder. He is a technologist by profession who started his career pre-internet in remote medical technology and learning. He has worked in both small and large corporations with world-wide remote staff and became a part of the team who developed the first commercial internet. As an entrepreneur, he started his first technology company in 2001. In Xilium, he focuses on innovating solutions for the US healthcare system.