Convergent future for telemedicine

Sombit Mishra

telemedicine convergenceA 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.