Background: Drs. Naik, Noronha, and Nahed agreed with the general consensus that telehealth is effective for many patient encounters, and as Dr. Noronha expressed, telehealth in combination with home health monitoring technologies offers enormous potential for managing chronic diseases in the future, particularly for patients who may otherwise have difficulties with regular in-person visits due to disability or limited transportation. With new wearable devices, patients have or will eventually have the potential to input data continuously into patient-provider platforms via integrated home technologies (ideally once greater HIPAA compliance is incorporated, as raised by Jacob).
As medical technology advances and becomes more affordable, what shifts in the structure of the patient-physician relationship do you imagine would be most efficient, effective, and fulfilling long-term from the perspective of the physician, patient, and healthcare system?
How do you foresee the roles of the physician and other health professionals being adapted in the future given this new horizon of big data?
Given that significant information may be available without patient-physician contact, would you recommend any future changes in billing and reimbursements?
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