Elaborating on the progression of telemedicine, VentureBeat reflects on analysts’ predictions. “By 2018, 65 percent of interactions with healthcare organizations will be done via mobile devices, and by 2018 70 percent of them will have apps, offer wearables, do remote health monitoring, and even offer virtual care (International Data Corporation),” the article reports.
While the future of the industry appears optimistic beyond doubt, the path ahead isn’t entirely clear. The article outlines three challenges that the industry will need to meet in order to experience unimpeded growth.
- First is the combination of diagnosis and on-the-spot treatment. As specialized devices become more available, patients will be able to not only assist in the diagnosis, but also with immediate treatment. This will lead to far more efficient healthcare with patients being treated immediately without the necessity of an in-person follow-up.
- Second is to ensure that the best devices are used. The industry needs to come up with standardized information that patients can easily provide to doctors via integrated hardware and apps for widespread smartphones and tablets.
- Lastly, the challenge of post-treatment care needs to be addressed. Services providing the ability for quick follow-ups from doctors to ensure that treatment is effective will be critical for the performance of the industry.
Alongside these points, analysts remain unflinchingly optimistic about the expansion of telemedicine in 2015. The article outlines the bright future of telemedicine and the next three years promising explosive growth potential with BBC Research and Towers Watson asserting, “the Global Telemedicine market in 2016 is predicted to be $27 billion, with Virtual Health Services making up $16 billion of that.”