Becker’s Hospital Review: CEO of SnapMD’s Op-Ed:
Telemedicine in 2017: The year the technology catches up to the promise
Written by Dave Skibinski, CEO of SnapMD. | January 31, 2017
Now that the New Year is off and running and a new President is in office, patients and healthcare providers are wondering what the future of healthcare IT will be.
Ever since the passing of the Affordable Care Act and the concurrent shift to value-based care, healthcare IT –particularly, telemedicine – has become more important than ever. But telemedicine has been around for almost 20 years, so what can we expect to happen in 2017 that hasn’t so far?
The answer: widespread adoption. After years in which the technology needed for telemedicine and demand for its services grew slowly, the time has arrived for healthcare providers to expand their practices to include virtual clinics, allowing them to achieve the true promise of telemedicine. This will be possible because technology vendors have begun providing innovative solutions for live video visits via smartphones and the web combined with access to real-time patient data and the ability for doctors to easily schedule and conduct virtual visits on their smartphones and devices.