‘Enabling anyone, anywhere to receive care should be a goal for all of us’
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Telehealth is poised to experience huge growth over the next several years. While so much is changing every day, there are trends emerging, and Drs. E. Ray Dorsey and Eric Topol looked at those trends, as well as barriers and limitations, in an article recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the “State of Telehealth,” they examine its evolution and its potential to improve healthcare delivery.
Home Health Technology News spoke with Dorsey, a David M. Levy professor of neurology and director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics (CHET) at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and asked his thoughts on the future of telehealth.
HHTN: Are you surprised at how fast telehealth is growing?
Dorsey: No. Telehealth is growing rapidly, especially where barriers to it have been addressed. Those barriers could be technological, financial or legal.
HHTN: What are the dangers of such rapid growth?
Dorsey: People may be concerned about fraud or low quality. The greater danger, however, is that people continue to not receive the care that they need.
HHTN: What is a common misconception regarding telehealth?
Dorsey: That telehealth has to be high tech. Things like telephones, email, text, and video conferencing are technologies that we use every day, and now they can all be used to improve health.
HHTN: Do you think telehealth is moving in a positive direction?
Dorsey: I think telehealth is moving in a positive direction. Enabling anyone, anywhere to receive care should be a goal for all of us.
HHTN: What needs to happen next in telehealth?
Dorsey: We need to have increased access to the Internet for all. There needs to be dedicated outreach and support for the most underserved of our population.