Is Telemedicine the Future of Medicine?

Telemedicine is an emerging field within health care. While many private practices and health systems are embracing various degrees of technology, from implementing electronic health records (EHRs) to using apps on Smartphones, some physicians are taking a step further and using telemedicine for their day to day operations.

Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical health care at a distance. This practice can help eliminate distance barriers and improve access to medical services that might not be consistently available. Advances in technology, such as email, text message and video conferencing, have allowed telemedicine to thrive.

In a recent New York Times article, Dr. Jay Parkinson’s company, Sherpaa, is described as a “virtual doctor’s office, examining patients by email and text message.” Sound interesting? While telemedicine might not be a viable path for all physicians or practices, it certainly brings up many interesting alternatives to the traditional practice of medicine. Join the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) at the 2013 Annual Management Symposium on April 5 to learn more. One breakout session, led by the OSMA’s Legal Counsel Nancy Gillete, will discuss telemedicine in detail: “Beam Me Up: Telemedicine Here, Now And Into The Future.”

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