Telemedicine Is Growing, But Is Security Lagging Behind?

By Bent PhilipsonIn the late-1950s, the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute and Norfolk State Hospital set up a closed-circuit television link between their facilities to conduct psychiatric consultations from afar. This was probably the first and most famous use of hospital-based telemedicine. Telehealth has undergone many transformations since then, but the end goal has always remained the same. As one landmark publication put it: “Information technology must play a central role in the redesign of the health care system if a substantial improvement in quality is to be achieved.” So why does it feel like we’re just now tapping into telehealth’s potential? Transformative TelemedicineThe healthcare sector is fully aware of telemedicine’s transformative power, yet many in the industry have chosen to sit on its widespread adoption, perhaps saving it for a ‘rainy day.’ As to why this is, there isn’t one answer. But that rainy day has finally come under the guise of a global disease outbreak. Th...

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