When Will Telemedicine Be Part of Our Everyday Health System?

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I have to tell you that after I completed that National Science Foundation grant in 1976 started in 1973. I was asked by a number of reporters. Well Dr. Sanders how soon do you see Telemedicine being part of our everyday healthcare delivery system, and being much younger and very enthusiastic.

I said oh, no question. Five to 10 years and for the next 15 years everybody thought I was absolutely will be crazy, going around the county, going to other countries taliig about telemedicine. So, I'm not the best predictor in the world, I do think that from a capability stand point, the technology will be here all here in five to 10 years.

You already see IBM signing contracts with mojor academic centers using artificial inteligence to begin to interpret data. We are just beginning in the medical space to begin to look at other industries, and how they deal with information, and how do they analyse information. And we're finally beginning to say, gee! this might work in the medical space.

Now, we have some of my colleagues who say oh! we invented this. The reality is, it's all out there, we just need to wrap our arms around it, and be receptive to it, and it's not just simply mindset. We need to get the governmental agencies. We need to get the academic medical centers that are training the students to accept it as well.

One of the irony is when I talk about Tele-medicine and share of my view of tomorrow with my colleagues, my older colleagues come up to me after I've give this presentation, and thanked me, and ask me to please not share this with anybody else. My younger colleagues come up and say, how soon? And I think we're going to begin to get on that ascending portion of that hockey stick.

And as today's young physicians becomes tomorrow's older physicians, they will embrace all these technology, it won't be new to them. You now see incoming medical students not being given microscopes, or being required to bring in microscopes, they are required to bring in I pads to use on rounds.

Today, continuing medical education is something called Google. If I need immediate access to new medical information, I Google it.