One of the biggest trends in healthcare in North America and much of the world is the use of telemedicine. The concept of telemedicine is not new. For over a century, going back to the early days of the 2 way radio and telephone, doctors and other healthcare providers have used communication technology to assist clients who live in rural areas or any area where certain aspects of healthcare are not readily available. The basic goal of telemedicine was to provide medical care from a distance.
Now that the communication age is mature and we are well into the information age, the quality of the distance health care we can offer is greatly improved. It is a natural development that healthcare providers can use high resolution cameras on smart computer devices to remotely inspect and even test an ever growing array of health markers.
Most of my clients will know that I spend a significant amount of time on continuing education. They will know that I have been away for the past 3 week at various cutting edge medical seminars. I have recently been blessed with an opportunity to serve as Chief Medical Advisor for Amber Life Clinic in Latvia.
Together we plan to develop Amber Life Clinic and Family Wellness Centre into centers of excellence in integrative health care. This is an incredibly important task. It will mean that I will be training other doctors and healthcare providers who are interested in integrative medicine at both clinic locations. I will obviously have to spend time working between both clinics. So, how could such a task be possible? The answer, in part, is thru developing a modern ‘telemedicine’ service.
The importance of telemedicine was one of the key topics at the ACIM Connect scientific meeting I attended in Orlando this recent trip. Also, there are increasing numbers of research articles published in the AMA reports about telemedicine. Just this week a report from HIMSS titled “Telehealth: Disrupting the Care Delivery Paradigm” confirmed that as more and more telemedicine programs are offered at cutting edge clinics like Amber Life Clinic and Family Wellness Centre, more and more clients are embracing the service. We will be developing a telemedicine service, please be responsive as we adapt to your healthcare needs.
For the next week, I plan to post reports from the important medical concepts I have learned on my recent series of seminars in Europe and Florida. Please follow my blog here.