Telehealth
How New Technologies Are Transforming Health Care

Summary

The Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forums
TELEHEALTH: How New Technologies Are Transforming Health Care
Presented in Collaboration with The Huffington Post

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Lawrence H. Cohn, advisor and supporter of this Forum in addition to others in the The Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forums series.

Telehealth combines telecommunications and health systems to deliver care and support across distances. However, this simple definition belies the complexity of this rapidly evolving field. A cadre of increasingly sophisticated technologies — matched with a need to reduce healthcare costs, serve more patients, and improve quality — drives the field in both high-income and low-income countries. Panelists in this Forum event examined aspects of telehealth in the U.S., including doctor and patient buy-in and the impact of the Affordable Care Act, and in other high-income countries. They also took a look at the role of telehealth in low-income countries, where technologies such as mobile phones can serve as vital tools for healthcare workers to ensure and evaluate standards of care in the diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses.

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  • Melinda

    This sounds great – will it be recorded for those of us who are unable to get online at this time?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Hi Melinda — yes, we will post the full-length video on this site early next week. The video also will be posted on YouTube and iTunesU. Thanks

  • John Quelch

    How do we sign it?

  • The Forum Moderator

    Thanks for asking. No need to sign it. Just stay on this page. The webcast will begin playing on its own around 12:30pm.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Thank you all for joining us today! Our live stream will begin in about 15 minutes.

  • David Grayson

    Like the music!

    • The Forum Moderator

      Thanks! We like it too.

  • The Forum Moderator

    We’ll be starting in just a minute or two

  • Lawrence Wasserman PhD

    Look forward to panel discussing “the barriers and constraints” of telemedicine and mHealth.

    • The Forum Moderator

      So glad you and all of our viewers could join us today

  • The Forum Moderator

    This video was filmed in a clinic in Malawi, where d-Tree International works. Panelist Marc Mitchell founded d-Tree International and we’ll hear a bit more about that work now.

  • Timothy Sullivan

    I am seeing that people are focusing on financing telehealth and telemedicine through health insurance (in the US), this would seem to limit access to telehealth and its proliferation. Are you seeing this as well?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Excellent question — and I believe the panelists will address the role of insurance in teleheath.

  • Sintayehu Abebe

    In the era of rapid Telehealth market growth, the monitoring/regulation of health information on the web is becoming complex, Specially in developing countries, patients are depends on the web information rather than physicians

    How developing country can best benifit from teleHealth where there is a big emerging market of telehealth in this countries?

  • David Grayson

    Has Mercy virtual estimated the carbon saving from their programs? i.e. reduced need for travel to clinics etc

  • The Forum Moderator

    These are all great questions. Thanks! I’ve passed them along for our Q&A towards the end of our program. We’ll get to as many questions as we can.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Hi,

    Yes, it’s #telehealthforum

    Thanks!

    Christina

  • Timothy Sullivan

    I see access to telemedicine services as a great alternative for non-urgent ER or Urgent Care center use; this is particularly important in helping the Medicaid population access quality care in a more affordable manner. There are many studies that show that a significant number of Medicaid enrollees use the ER as their Primary Care Provider. Are there efforts to encourage Medicaid enrollees to telemedicine as alternative to the ER? The idea here is to improve access to care through telemedicine without limiting access to quality healthcare services (society gets to save money at the same time)…I suppose this can work for the VA too.

    • The Forum Moderator

      Great question. Thanks!

  • What was SCOPE 2015 in terms of Patientcentricity and MHealth?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Hi Maynard, Thanks — for our viewers who may not know, can you explain what is SCOPE 2015.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Here is more information about some of the resources discussed during today’s conversation:
    Project Buendia, the Ebola app project involving Google: http://www.projectbuendia.org
    Description of Mercy Virtual telehealth services: http://mercytelehealth.com/services/
    VA telehealth services: http://www.telehealth.va.gov/
    d-Tree International: http://www.d-tree.org/
    An Ounce of Evidence: https://blogs.sph.harvard.edu/ashish-jha/

  • Sintayehu Abebe

    Studies shows that the telehealth is supported by the patient amd payers but
    Physicians are resistance
    Wouldnt it be a barriers for tealehealth?

  • Radhika Santhanagopalan

    America spends more on healthcare than most other industrialised countries, yet this does not correlate with better health outcomes. Do you think the introduction of telemedicine will help reconcile this disparity?

  • Lawrence Wasserman PhD

    I am engaged in Africa and Asia countries regarding application of telemed, unfortunately Government policy regarding use of telemed is a significant issue. In one country doctors are not allowed to engage in teleconferencing for health care.

  • The Forum Moderator

    We are wrapping up our discussion. Thank you all for joining us!

  • The Forum Moderator

    If you missed any of this discussion, or wish to to watch again, we will post the full-length video on this website soon. We’ll also post the video on YouTube and iTunesU — and the audio will be made available on iTunesU and SoundCloud.

    • It’s SO good that these useful programs are made widely available, and that our HSPH bandwidth is go good!

  • David Grayson

    Thanks for excellent session – well worth getting out of bed for it 4.30 a.m.here in New Zealand!

  • The Forum Moderator

    Join us on Monday, when we will have another webcast — this one will be on opioid abuse. Tune in from 12:30-1:30pm ET at https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/opioid-painkiller-abuse/

  • The Forum Moderator

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