Through video, healthcare goes global

October 1, 2010 - 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe that telemedicine has been in practice for nearly 30 years. Maybe it’s even harder to believe that it has taken 30 years for the healthcare industry to widely adopt telemedicine.

But, technology really has come a long way in the past 30 years to provide a better experience for patients and their doctors. We are also making real progress on barriers to widespread telemedicine adoption, such as broadband connectivity across the country, as well as around the globe.

This week, I came across an article that made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. According to an article in the State College, Pa., Centre Daily, doctors at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh are using video conferencing to examine infants who are more than 2,500 miles away in Fundacion Valle el Lili, a hospital in Cali, Colombia.

That’s right … 30 years later and we are witnessing the globalization of healthcare due to video teleconferencing (VTC).

For those of us who have been in the healthcare industry for some time, we used to think about healthcare as regional in focus. But, through the power of video teleconferencing, the healthcare industry is going beyond the boundaries of the local hospital or doctor’s office. Doctors in the United States are now able to help their peers thousands of miles away.

It’s exciting to see doctors around the world embrace telemedicine, helping expand access to healthcare, not only in rural America, but around the globe. Now, that’s a new way to deliver care!

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