It’s hard to think that machines might do some tasks better than humans – especially clinicians who have trained for years to develop higher cortical skills. But they can, says Dr. Joseph Kvedar, especially when recognizing patterns in large data sets and using them to make predictions.
Simply saying that telehealth is the right thing to do, or that patients demand it, won’t be enough to resist the magnetic force drawing us back to in-person care, says Joe Kvedar, MD. “We need to come up with logical, financially sound reasons for providers to pivot long term.”
As telehealth crosses the threshold from ‘toy’ to tool, it’s imperative that healthcare organizations offer clinicians education and certification that is rigorous, research-based, and steeped in collective experiences, says Dr. Joseph Kvedar.
When it comes to telehealth is that the industry has grown by “leaps and bounds” since early 2020. But if the momentum is to continue, there’s still a lot of “critical work” that needs to be done, according to Joseph Kvedar, MD.
The progress that has been made in leveraging digital tools to improve consumer experience has been nothing short of amazing. But a major hurdle still exists, and it’s one that needs to be addressed quickly, says Dr. Joseph Kvedar.