5 Surprising Ways In Which Telemedicine Is Revolutionizing Healthcare


Patients and their families often want continuous monitoring and care. Traditional health insurance providers are partnering with telehealth companies, to address those concerns. Anthem is working with American Well, Cigna is working with MDLive, Bupa is working with Babylon Health and Aflac is working with MeMD to deliver benefits of telehealth to it's existing customers. Health insurance providers such as Oscar Health is redefining health-insurance by building the whole customer experience around its own telehealth services. As telehealth continues to replace traditional health care, it is going to inherit some of its challenges. These include increased cost of care due to multiple vendors, complex care pathways, and government policies. However, the question that remains to be answered is will this advanced technology that we call telehealth, be able to redefine the quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world.

Telemedicine via smartphone apps gaining in popularity in Japan

The Japan Times

Remote medical consultation services that connect doctors and patients via smartphones and other devices are spreading across Japan, with their popularity boosted by recent deregulation of telemedicine. Under deregulation in April, health insurance can now be used for such consultations, and health care startups are expected to further accelerate the development of remote health care services that use artificial intelligence amid wider accumulation of health data on individuals. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry unveiled its vision for developing and utilizing a health care database to support telemedicine applications for remote diagnosis, remote treatment and telesurgery in its proposal titled "The Japan Vision: Health Care 2035," along with changes in the social environment, including a rapidly aging population and the advancement of medical technology. As an experiment for remote consultations, this reporter tried using the health care mobile app called curon, which is operated by Tokyo-based health care startup Micin Inc. After explaining via smartphone that "I have been taking large amounts of painkillers because I have been bothered by frequent headaches and fevers recently," a doctor., who appeared in a videophone call replied, "You'll lessen the strain on your stomach and kidneys if you change your medication."

Smart speakers will be joined to the health service website to create a virtual doctor

Daily Mail

People could soon be diagnosed by Dr Alexa in their own living room as the NHS announces plans to join up with Amazon to create a virtual doctor. New Government Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, will today announce plans to connect Amazon Echo smart speakers to the NHS website. This will give the hi-tech gadgets – which answer questions out loud when spoken to – access to accurate medical information checked by NHS experts. The voice-activated technology speaks to owners as an artificial intelligence character named Alexa, and could soon have a wealth of health knowledge to hand. Government minister Hancock will say in a speech today the partnership will give people peace of mind that the health advice they receive is from a reliable source.

Next-gen telehealth: AI, chatbots, genomics and sensors that advance population health


While the use of telemedicine systems has been expanding in recent years, especially as more payers have begun reimbursing for some telehealth services, the industry is on the verge of more widespread virtual care. But what will that ultimately look like? The next generation of tools will feature enhancements ranging from chatbots, machine learning and genomics to remote diagnostic tools and better sensors. Here's a look at what to expect in the near future. Both machine learning and automation are trying to solve an inherent issue in virtual healthcare: scalability, said Roeen Roashan, senior analyst of digital health at consulting firm IHS.

Embracing AI telemedicine to help doctors develop communities of care


Some years ago I had an experience that many people can identify with. I needed to see my primary care doctor for an issue I considered urgent but didn't want to wait three to four weeks to get an appointment. The way I see it -- you can remain part of the problem or try to solve it. That's how I came to found Imperium Legacy Technology and develop the iDirectDoc solution. Direct primary care offers healthcare as a service in a membership model, similar to the relationship people have with their gyms or cell phone providers: for a fixed fee, the doctor will cover all of a patient's wellness care.

Opinion: The risks of AI in remote medical consulting


With the increasing use of AI in healthcare, a warning from medical union MDDUS of the'inherent risks in remote consulting' offers a timely reminder of the potential dangers. Following our story yesterday on Samsung's partnership with Babylon Health, an NHS consultant reached out with his (puzzling) experience of Babylon's technology: I gave it the most basic of medical presentations; 'I have a nose bleed'. Sit back & watch 130 seconds of the most bizarre triage you will ever come across… #NoseBleed #GPatHand #FlawedAI In the video, the AI is told'I have a nose bleed' – a symptom which a medical professional would be able to diagnose quickly. What follows is over two minutes of bizarre questions resulting in the AI calling the symptoms'quite complex' and failing to offer any possible causes.

Cleveland Clinic Targets Telemedicine, Big Data and AI to Improve the Future of Care


The Cleveland Clinic has a history of being on the bleeding edge of health IT and its new CEO Tom Mihaljevic has made it clear that the Ohio-based health system will keep pushing ahead as a medical technology pioneer. "Most of our plans for the future will depend on digital platforms: telemedicine, data analytics, artificial intelligence," Mihaljevic said during the State of the Clinic address in late February. "Digital technology will allow us to deliver smarter, more affordable and more accessible [care]. The Cleveland Clinic has always been an early adopter, beginning with our electronic medical records. But now, we have to take technology even more seriously.

Removing health care barriers and boundaries

MIT News

Two years ago, MIT research scientist Amar Gupta and his wife Poonam were on a trip to Los Angeles when she fell and broke both wrists. After being whisked by ambulance to a private medical center where she underwent a series of tests, staff members informed Poonam that they couldn't treat her further because she was not a member of the hospital's health care system. The staff spent hours trying to arrange for treatment elsewhere, but when they couldn't find another local facility that would accept the referral, the couple was forced to take the hospital's stunning advice: return to Boston with the fractures and consult a surgeon there. The episode abruptly ended the couple's trip, but it also, due to delays in obtaining the needed surgery for his wife, forced Gupta to give up a major professional opportunity in the Los Angeles area. In his view, the experience was bitter confirmation of the need for his work addressing dysfunction and inefficiency in the U.S. health care system -- and it inspired him to redouble those efforts.

Former Telemedicine Leader Launches Artificial Intelligence Group


Jonathan Linkous, founding CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, and Mary Ann Liebert have co-founded a new organization focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and automation in healthcare. The Partnership for Artificial Intelligence and Automation in Healthcare (PATH) unites health systems, industry, payers and regulators to find how such technology can improve the delivery of medicine, reduce costs and expand access to healthcare services to millions of people across the globe, according to an organization press release. The mission-driven, membership-based group takes a unique, inclusive approach bringing together all stakeholders to resolve such issues as public policy oversight, personal safety and how to integrate such revolutionary advances into healthcare systems. Information about PATH and its inaugural summit can be found here. "AI and related innovations have already enabled industries such as banking, aviation, and entertainment to grow, provide higher- quality products, and allow consumers greater choice," Linkous, a co-founder and CEO of the group, said in a statement.

Former ATA CEO co-heads new alliance for AI in healthcare


Go to any healthcare conference and a speaker is bound to mention a new use of artificial intelligence. Now, as the technology becomes more and more mainstream, a pair of industry experts are creating a new organization that seeks to legitimize and promote AI and other cutting edge technologies in healthcare. Founder and former CEO of the American Telemedicine Association Jonathan Linkous and Mary Ann Liebert, CEO of Mary Ann Liebert Inc., have launched a new organization called PATH (Partnership for Automation and Innovation in Healthcare) that will work as an advocacy alliance to promote AI, robotics, and automation in healthcare. "AI and related innovations have already enabled industries such as banking, aviation, and entertainment to grow, provide higher- quality products, and allow consumers greater choice," Linkous, who will serve as CEO of the new organization, said in a statement. "With spiraling costs, increasing need, decreasing resources, and rapidly advancing technologies, healthcare desperately needs to catch up."