2014 has served as a coming out party for all things Connected Health. The buzz around telemedicine, virtual visits, and device-based monitoring solutions is rising to a fever pitch. For clinically oriented healthcare stakeholders, this has been a welcome shift away from the noise around wearables and the limitations of patient portals.
Skeptics may comment that we’ve heard this song before, but even they should take heed that the traditional barriers to telemedicine – reimbursement and need for better proof of outcomes/ROI – are steadily diminishing. The million (or billion) dollar question remains – is the market ready to start buying into these advanced tools and models of care?