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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Urgent Care

Advisor

Steven J. Nerheim, MD; Gregory Scott Watkins, PA-C; Ashley Koskiniemi, PA-C

Abstract

The technology and information revolution have greatly impacted major industries such as commerce, travel and hospitality, and entertainment to name a few. Look at what Amazon, Uber/Lyft and Airbnb, and Netflix/Hulu and etc. have done to their respective industries. Our health care industry is not immuned to this revolution. To stay in the game, health care must embrace, use, and take advantage of these technological advances to continually improve access in a cost-effective manner while maintaining the quality of care, the industry’s forever triple-aim. This can be achieved through telemedicine that utilizes remote diagnostic tools and platforms that manages conditions while achieving specific patient outcomes. This article reviews the impact of telemedicine on health care access, cost, and quality. It will also review the barriers of implementing and expanding telemedicine into mainstream health care. With any disruptors posing drastic changes, there will be rough phases with many uncertainties until laws and regulations can be ironed out.

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