Columbus, Oh-In 2014, we saw the rise of medical kiosks among large-scale drug stores such as Walgreens and CVS. We saw numerous apps surface that served as the “Uber for” doctor visits. But is 2015 the year that telehealth officially takes the stage? With more and more innovation coming from inside and outside the healthcare space, the future of telehealth looks promising.
The need for visiting a physical doctor’s office is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. It’s been found that we are now able to conduct 50% of doctor’s visits and 70% of EMR visits virtually. This opportunity for virtual visitation creates a convenient solution for patients, and our dated system. A system that even doctors are increasingly becoming fed up with.
- 65% of healthcare interactions will be done through mobile devices.
- 70% of healthcare organizations will have apps, wearables, and offer virtual care.
Big name celebrities and large-scale venture capitalists have been finding their way into the telehealth space. At CES 2015, Dr. Phil touted his involvement in a new project called Doctor On Demand, which he cofounded with Google, Andreessen Horowitz and Shasta Ventures.
The convenience and support that apps such as Doctor on Demand can provide is lighting the way for a whole new world of telehealth. A world in which you won’t have to feel confined to a rushed 8 minute appointment. A world in which you won’t have to risk catching the flu while you’re in a waiting room trying to find out if you have an ear infection or not.