Telehealth: the future for better medical care
Ageing populations, technology and the rise of chronic non-communicable disease are placing strains on health budgets that, quite simply, cannot be met.
In an older era, ‘all-rounder’ GPs, faced with a tough diagnostic or clinical management challenge, sought the counsel of a consultant colleague who possessed specific specialist expertise. These professional relationships were symbiotic, referrals judicious and patients enjoyed the benefit of comprehensive whole-person medicine supplemented by targeted expert advice when required.
Increasingly, this has been replaced by specialist waiting rooms and