Future Tech Telemedicine

ADA 2018 To Feature Course On Teledentistry

From ADA News:

Dr. Paul Glassman, a professor of dental practice at the University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and immediate past chair of the ADA’s National Eldercare Advisory Committee, will co-present the course Using Teleheath Technology to Reach Underserved Populations (5805) at ADA 2018 – America’s Dental Meeting in Honolulu on Oct. 18…

…Dr. Glassman said the ADA 2018 course will cover team organization, equipment, communication strategies and considerations for working within individual state’s legal and regulatory environments to make telehealth a reality.

Source: Telehealth to make a splash in Hawaii at annual meeting

I think this is a good first step. At this time licensure rules are the biggest impediment to telemedicine. If the profession understands how to do it and how it will benefit patients and if the public understands the benefits then the needed changes to state laws will be implemented.

We are already using video chat with our sleep patients. However future telemedicine will include far more than a video chat. Amazing new digital diagnostics like lab on a chip or smart phone ultra sonics will allow health care professionals to evaluate real time and diagnose from afar.