What are the two biggest roadblocks in access to the most advanced healthcare possible? If you guessed, that is definitely one factor. The expense of treatment has stymied delivery of the best healthcare more than one too many patients, particularly those covered by insurance programs that would rather see their operations increase profit margins versus lose them to more expensive healthcare options. The second, however, is fear of exotic technology. While the actual tools a patient might realize personally are very inexpensive now, most providers still fear the network infrastructure needed to capture and analyze the related patient data can’t be justified by a reasonable revenue stream. In reality, this second factor, as well as the first, is starting to disappear.
Jack Plotkin has been analyzing and tracking the trends of telehealth integrated with large user population networks for years, and what is occurring now involves a convergence of low-cost tools, materials, and technology with easy-to-implement cloud infrastructures that create a little financial burden to operation. The results are systems that provide objective medical data that in turn provides far more accurate perspectives for diagnoses and improved medical treatment by consequence. And when much of the same can be implemented in the prevention side, targeting procedures that help avoid the response large costly treatments even under traditional avenues, even the most risk-averse insurance critics have to start paying attention.
Telehealth today is undergoing a significant, game-changing revolution. And the same change will have ripple effects on the financial processes that support and pay for the costs of healthcare as well. Trying to squeeze savings out of traditional medical treatment processes may be a bit like squeezing turnips now, but when one takes a telehealth approach to cost control, entire paradigms are being turned upside down due to the new potentials available.