Mercy Health Breaks Ground On Virtual Care Center
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5/15/2014 | 1:53:58 AM
A new way of doing business
This is something that almost had to happen. As medical knowledge accrues, each specialist will have to have his or her focus more narrowly defined in order for everything to be covered to maximum depth. Unless you live in one of the great urban centers, there can't possibly be enough of these ever more specialized specialists available to meet the whole gamut of possibilities. Legislation will be needed to cover licensing, and standards need to be established so that disparate hospital systems can communicate with each other.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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5/14/2014 | 7:18:29 PM
We don't yet know how well it may be applied
This has to be how medicine evolves, and hopefully, the cost of health care comes down. It will of course need to be carefully coordinated with on-the-scene, bedside observations and diagnosis, but the availability of tele-healthcare centers could change the lives of millions of people.
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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5/14/2014 | 10:31:40 AM
Will telemedicine go national?
Will be interesting to see whether the barriers to interstate telemedicine practices come down. May require federal legislation and getting agreement on what the rules should be will be really difficult. I get the sense that's beyond what anyone's seriously attempting, so far.
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5/14/2014 | 10:14:32 AM
Start of a Trend?
This is fascinating -- and I wonder whether other healthcare providers will follow suit and create dedicated telemedicine centers? You can certainly see the payoff for providers and patients: Much faster treatment for non-emergency care, leaving ERs open for true emergencies. Now more insurers cover this type of service, you'd imagine video-based treatments would become increasingly popular for patients and practitioners. 

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