SAN JOSE, CA -- Former American Telemedicine Association president and the Army's first CMIO, Hon S. Pak M.D., recently took the helm as CEO of mobile health care platform vendor Diversinet. SearchHealthIT caught up with Pak at this year's ATA annual meeting to discuss trends in telemedicine adoption among mainstream health care providers.
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A lot of the buzz in the symposia panels, as well as on the trade show floor, revolved around how new payment models such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) and medical homes will benefit telemedicine and its cousin, mHealth. While primary care docs will be spread thinner, these payment models make them more responsible for their patients' wellness.
Telemedicine adoption, some thought leaders believe, will bridge the gap, enabling more home patient monitoring and reduce the number of in-person patient visits currently needed for basic checkups and follow up appointments. Pak, whose present employer specializes in deploying health care applications to mobile devices, also chimes in on the future of Android EHR apps -- and offers tips to CIOs preparing their hospital networks for the coming wave of telemedicine deployments.
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