2/28/18 SF Recap: Telehealth (Past, Present and Future)
This is a recap of the HTF San Francisco meetup on 2/28/18.
Dr. Walker kept the audience glued with an engaging physician perspective on telehealth that spanned from personal insights and experiences of adoption of telehealth to the impact of legislation and reimbursement for teleservices. Right now telehealth has a broad definition and is an umbrella term for asynchronous (time and space agnostic) treatment, live video interfacing, remote monitoring, and mobile health. Although there are obvious benefits to telemedicine, Dr. Walker stressed the importance of being conscious and learning what use cases will benefit the most from this newfound efficiency and where it doesn’t make sense.
She ended the presentation by highlighting the flip side of healthcare delivery and speaking from the patient’s perspective and emphasizing that a continuing dialogue with patients will be critical to shaping telehealth for tomorrow’s generation.
Closely following Dr. Walker’s footsteps, CEO Thuc Vu of Ohmni Labs upped the ante with a demo of the company’s flagship telepresence robot that made its way through the audience. Ohmni considers home health agencies and senior care facilities as its target customers and is prototyping a robotic arm that can perform tasks such as watering plants and opening doors.
BlueJay Health CEO Tony Zhang shared the journey of how his company is closing the care gap post-visit with AI and Machine learning technologies. He talked about using virtual visit and secure messaging features to provide a continuum of care in the area of rehabilitation. BlueJay Health is known for its unique home exercise prescription programs and looks to expand the platform to enable better care team collaboration.
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