Convergent future for telemedicine
A new report from Frost & Sullivan identifies the top 5 areas for telehealth growth as:
1) Home-based Care and Disease Management Monitoring
2) Remote Physician/Specialist Services
3) Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)
4) Video Diagnostic Consultation
5) Remote Cardiac Services
This is a redundant list, as these solutions are convergent. A context-aware PERS device will be able to alert a physician to a cardiac event; a base station in the home will enable the physician to contextualize a video consultation/intervention; and home-based monitoring will be the passive engine of this wholly context-aware ecosystem.