Imagine this scenario: you place an order for medication, but instead of taking a week, it arrives in only a few hours. And instead of being delivered by a mail carrier, it is dropped off by a robot.
This may seem like a scene out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s closer to reality than you think. In fact, my colleagues at Sibley Memorial Hospital and I (in partnership with the hospital’s Innovation Hub and Starship Technologies) created a short film that envisions what this might look like. Though we haven’t quite reached this point yet, technology has fundamentally changed the ways in which we receive healthcare—particularly for the senior population.
As we age, we encounter new challenges that didn’t affect us in our youth, such as mobility and isolation. And these challenges have a profound impact on our general wellbeing—something as seemingly simple as a routine visit to a doctor’s office can be a hurdle for seniors.
That’s why I believe telehealth offers major opportunities for solutions that are helping seniors age in place. Instead of the arduous task of making multiple visits to the doctor to diagnose and follow up on an ailment—which can consist of hours-long trips for those in more rural areas of the country—telehealth enables people to connect with medical professionals remotely and gain access to care in the safety and comfort of their own home. [Read more…]