Remember the days back in the late 1990’s when you would sit through a futuristic presentation about telemedicine and being able to use a laptop to stream a patient visit without being physically present in a physician office? Well how about submitting patient data such as pulse oximetry values, glucose blood level readings, and heart monitor data to your physician through your cell phone?
We came across a very interesting article posted through Kaiser Health News discussing the ability of Smart Phones to deliver patient sensitive medical records. Is this really the wave of the future?
In looking at the article one must consider the extensive regulatory environment that the FDA has created in today’s healthcare arena. Transmitting medical records is no easy task, but just think, 10 years ago telemedicine was just an idea.