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  1. Telehealth no doubt is going to be an important part of our healthcare system in the future, the technology coming to market today is just unbelievable. That is not to say it doesn't have its drawbacks or concerns. This new and advanced way of treating patients can be very helpful, but it is not the cure-all. We cannot just look at the Telehealth technology from a savings stand point, the quality of care must be first and foremost on the minds of every one in the chain of this new technology.

    There should be more and more in-depth studies being done to utilize all the new technologies that are coming to market. We need to make sure we bring these new technologies to the population as a great and quality tool of our healthcare system that will save everybody involved both time and money.

    It is easy to see how the money savings would be of great interest to everyone from the doctor to the patient, but there is no real substitute for a face to face meeting of ones doctor. Can a doctor really tell through a video camera what the patients needs really are? Can he sit there in his office and really observe the patient when the patient is sitting in their living rooms? The answer to these question is NO. Telehealth is just one tool in the doctor’s arsenal that can be used for better treatment in follow up and monitoring situations. This can save both time and money in those settings.

    We here at the Alzheimer's Research Association believe in new technology to help with the care of Senior Citizens, as a matter of fact we research most of the new technology and bring what we find to our members to help them with their Caregiving duties, but as we have found, most new monitoring technology such as telehealth is only as good as the people that are involved with it. Everyone in the chain must be committed to following the rules and guidelines, and the quality of care.

    There will be more and more advancements in new technology coming to market over the next few years. All of us involved with it must be committed that quality of care comes first. The monetary savings will come as a natural process, and it will come, but it can't be the only thing we think about.

    Joe Lucido
    Director
    Alzheimer's Research Association <a href="http://www.alzra.org” target=”_blank”>www.alzra.org

  2. I do believe this type of medical care is closer than we think. I was a telephone advice nurse for many years and we would do a computer telephone triage of a patient's symptoms and prescribe according to the results of the triage. We were all RN's and practiced under the doctor's orders. If the UTI fell into the triage appropriately, we could order the antibiotic for the patient without their having to see a doctor, get a urine culture and go to the pharmacy. This saves everybody time and money, because the triage model told us just what to do. Believe me, patients are very happy to have this option.

  3. We can achieve/do successful outcomes with this technology. However this is because our Telehealth program is based upon the combination of utilizing the best of technology and human interaction between the Telehealth provider, the patient and all providers. A solid company who understands patient care and technology, offers specific solutions based upon patients' needs-clinical, personal and social- will more than recoup any investment is this technology and increase patient satisfaction.
    The other area that has excellent results is medication adherence solutions which is not being given the attention it deserves.