One of the gems from AngelMD’s Alpha Conference in January was the numerous fireside-style discussions that covered a wide range of subjects. Dr. Wendy Whittington, Medical Director for Telehealth at Dell and NTT Data, and Dr. Steven Hochschuler, Co-Founder of the Texas Back Institute were joined by AngelMD’s Jens Francis for a talk about the present and future of telehealth.
Dr. Whittington opens the floor by arguing that telehealth is not a single technology or a vendor’s solution. On the contrary, she posits that telehealth is really any one of three different areas of clinical operation:
- ER cost reduction
- Acute care
- Chronic disease management
Dr. Hochschuler’s experience with teleleath spans over four decades. He was integral to the initial setup of Harvard’s WorldCare program. His standpoint on the telehealth explosion is that there is an existing potential for huge ROI and to be a global extender of medical care to underserved areas.
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