Our reliability on technology has now breached into mainstream access for medical intervention, and the trend is probably here to stay. Virtual medicine is the new kid on the block for pioneering medical providers. These are providers who see the transformation to occur with how medical services are implemented and accessed by the public. Roughly 400,000 patients will have experienced direct virtual checkups rather than routine walk-ins by the end of 2015. The future expectation for these technological interventions in medicine is to rise substantially with a new infrastructure.
This new, virtual medicine acts as a mediator for patients with mobility or travel issues but who need to receive medical care or a hospital visit. This system can truly be a revolutionary aide for immobile patients and those seeking consultation and advice more so than treatment or surgery.
The question arising is how will a computed service be managed to ensure qualified personnel are the ones making final decisions for the care of Americans and not machines. The full-fledge reliant on a digital system to treat the ill is like a movie plot from the Terminator no medical facility can adopt.
This is why a virtual medical component needs a few managerial pieces to run and operate properly. The integration of this process requires a direct line of communication between the virtual assistant, comprised of various products, medical professionals or modules used to broadcast, and a patient’s doctor.
Information and diagnoses accessible for further evaluation by a patient’s physician provides checks and balances to reports issued by virtual care. The potential for a patient’s checkup to get lost, misrepresented or simply not recorded are best subsided with the additional human input required for oversight. This system will not run all on it own thankfully.
Though the technology poses a sense that medicine will be provided by machines, the scope of this advancement is limited to practical areas of use and those that can be monitored. One of which is its accessibility in times of need when those being treated seek help. This comes as guidance or general support for patients entering into a healing or rehabilitation efforts.
It can also advance to become the mediator between a crowded physician’s office and one that minimizes visits to known issues of danger or importance. This will benefit but patients and the offices their physicians practice at.
All that users need for this modern medical access is a monitor and connection. If grandpa or grandma can’t walk, he or she can still speak to a trained medical mediator. The gradual integration of medical services promoted by retailers such as WalMart, CVS or RiteAid have spurred a new kind of health care and diagnosing system that changes how people access medical treatments.
This is a system yet to be evaluated for its full benefit in the lives of Americans, but it is being pushed forward with economic stability and the correct funding for wide distribution. As it stands today, the program for virtual healthcare access is advantageous to geriatrics, patients with mobility issues, and those living long distances from their physician.
By accessing professional medical help via cable connections and video monitors, those in need of treatment can be assessed, aided, and even better encouraged to visit in-house intervention. The system can be used to encourage the ill to communicate better and be proactive about their health concerns.
The expected distribution of this evolving infrastructure is set to reach at least half of Americans upon broader distribution, but the outcomes are unknown. The world is changing and medicine and healthcare are along for the ride.
David Milberg is an investment banker from NYC.