A couple of weeks ago while I was in Washington for the U.S. News & World Report Hospital of Tomorrow conference, I stopped by the headquarters of the American Telemedicine Association to record a videocast with ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous. We discussed some of my predictions for 2014 in the fields of mobile health and telehealth:
- Imperative to cut costs will drive demand.
- More mental health services will be delivered remotely.
- Clarity from the FDA means more diagnostic apps and smartphone add-on devices.
- Patient engagement in Stage 2 Meaningful Use might finally make untethered PHRs and consumer-facing apps viable.
- Home monitoring and video chats will help prevent hospital readmissions.
- State licensing issues persist but some states are looking to adapt their rules to facilitate telemedicine.
I’m going to try to embed the video here. If not, here’s the ATA’s link.