Link Round Up: Telemedicine Edition

Link Round Up: Telemedicine Edition

By William JA Pinnock

It’s a different kind of October Surprise here at Community Research Laboratory as we surprise you not with an unexpected political story, but instead a special installment of the Link Round Up! Today, we are going to take a look at telemedicine with four articles that examine a hospital pretty close to home (by home I mean Portland, OR), the barriers to telemedicine, telemedicine in jail, and finally a study out of Kaiser with some pretty revealing results.

Did you know Columbia Memorial Hospital and OHSU have a telemedicine partnership? Well, they do! And it’s been an important piece for critical care patients who can talk to an OHSU doctor and then receive care in their own hometown. Read more about the effect telemedicine has had on CMH and it’s patients.

The wonders of technological advancements always have a catch and telemedicine is not without a catch or two. Website Medscape put together a list of nine roadblocks to telemedicine from the perspective of both physicians and patients. Read the results and see the hyperlink within the story for the full survey.

“Inmates can spend six to eight hours shackled in holding pens and sitting in traffic as they travel to NYC Health & Hospitals’ Bellevue campus for five minutes with a doctor.” This shocking fact lead Dr. Vinh Pham, a physician at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex to help initiate a telemedicine system within Rikers so inmate patients could avoid the travel and spend more time with specialists. Read more about this new program here.

Finally, we are going to end this post today with a story of cold hard numbers and a glimpse into the future. Kaiser Permanente recently announced that 52% of their visits last year (59 million out of 110 million) were conducted online, either through virtual visits, online portals, or their health system’s apps. With numbers like these, it’s safe to say telemedicine is the wave of the future. Read more about Kaiser Permanente’s study here.