How Has Telemedicine Evolved?

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I think many of the things that have held clinicians back is getting much better, there's a new generation of devices coming to the market out there. Things are moving to the cloud or in aggregate data. There are new tools for analytics not only of big data but even small data, new data visualization capabilities and more importantly tools that we as a company are bringing to bear/g to kind of surround the traditional electronic record with productivity and communication and collaboration tools that clinicians here before have not had at their disposal.

It's very interesting as somebody who practise medicine for 20 years and certainly has worked with doctors and nurses over the years. If you go to the typical hospital or clinic today, they may be using electronic record, but everything else they're doing in clinical workflow and in businesses, not all that much different sometimes than it was 20 years ago with paper, phone, and fax.

And we have tools that we can be bring to bear/g that truly allow care team, communication collaboration tools that we take for granted in a company like ours and most businesses would take for granted that give you web presence of your entire employee base so that you know where they are, what they are doing online, offline, ability to instant message or text them, the ability to use voice over IP to call them, to initiate a video call with them or bring entire teams together in different parts of hospital or in a country for that matter using video conferencing.

These are tools that most of us in industry that just kind of take for granted it's the way business is done today, not so much in healthcare, and yet when we apply those tools to health care, amazing things happen. So some of the hospitals I work with around the world, specialists who used to get on the road literally in a car, on a plane, on a train and go somewhere to do specialty work out in a primary care clinic or meet with a patient population, let's say brittle diabetics.

They are now staying at the mother ship and reaching out using these sort of commodity based telemedicine tools to be able to collaborate with not only other clinicians but with patients that they're following.