Licensed in all 50 states plus DC and known as America’s Doctor, Dr. Laura Purdy, MD is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician who has been featured in Vogue, on Fox News, ABC, NBC, and NPR (among others) as the nation’s leading authority and thought leader on the future of digital healthcare.
Dr. Purdys in-depth digital health expertise comes from more than a decade spent providing and directing primary care for hundreds of thousands of patients of all ages and all walks of life.
What is Dr. Purdy’s perception and experience in Telehealth and the future of Medical Technology?
“The future of medical technology is looking brighter than ever. With the advent of the pandemic, governments around the world have had to adjust their laws and regulations to allow for the use of telemedicine. This has opened the door for a whole new world of possibilities in the medical industry”.
Telemedicine, according to Dr. Purdy, has been around for some time, but the technology has only recently become advanced enough to make it a viable option for medical care.
The quality of internet connections and devices have improved drastically, making it easier for doctors and patients to connect. This has allowed for a more efficient and accurate way of delivering care.
The obstacle on government laws, regulations and health insurance on telemedicine
Dr. Purdy says “The laws and regulations surrounding telemedicine have been slow to catch up with the technology; however, in some states, telemedicine is still illegal, and doctors can even face criminal charges for using it.”
This has been a major obstacle to the growth of telemedicine, but it is slowly beginning to change. As more people become aware of the benefits of telemedicine, the laws are slowly being adjusted to accommodate it.
The future of medical technology also includes the use of alternative forms of medicine. This includes naturopathic, homeopathic, and holistic medicine.
These forms of medicine have been around for some time, but have not been given the same attention or research as traditional allopathic medicine.
Currently, many insurance companies are slow to reimburse for telehealth visits, which can be a major barrier to access for patients.
Governments should work to ensure that insurance companies are reimbursing providers for telehealth visits at the same rate as they would for in-person visits and should work to ensure that all states are equally open to telehealth, so that all patients have access to the same quality of care.
Finally, governments should work to ensure that telehealth services are available to all patients, regardless of their location.
Overall, it is important for governments to step in and regulate the telehealth industry to ensure that patients are receiving quality care and that providers are operating within the bounds of the law.”
The future of medical technology
This is beginning to change as more people are becoming aware of the benefits of these forms of medicine.
The future of medical technology is looking bright. With the right laws and regulations in place, telemedicine can become a viable option for medical care that can provide access to care for those who may not be able to access it otherwise, and it can open up the door to alternative forms of medicine.
With the right incentives in place, the future of medical technology is sure to be a bright one.
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