Brightersight has been keeping track of a lot of the telemedicine technologies being developed. If all the marketing and teaser videos are a sign of what is to come in the medical world, then the future looks promising.
Could we be heading towards a world where medical help can be provided remotely from anywhere in the world? Imagine being able to get help from medical experts from the comforts of your own home and not having to go to the doctor’s office? Or have paramedics start the process of transitioning patient feedback and information to the hospital as soon as the patient is seen by the first responder?
The idea of the telemedicine is an interesting one but there are still some obstacles. Will the technology be robust and reliable? Do we trust it? Is our information secure? Is there a focus on human factors issues with the human system interaction?
All questions Brightersight is interested to keep an eye on and/or focused on exploring further to one day solve.
There is an EU-funded project called Q4HEALTH that is looking at telemedicine during emergencies.
There are several Canadian companies that are working on advancing telemedicine technologies.
Read more about the potential use of the technology for telemedicine below: