The moderators keep pointing to potential limitations in rural infrastructure or in bandwidth, or in technology, or in the very applicability and efficacy of telehealth.
However, those problems are really in the past as the power of Moore's Law (and its analogs) along with the strength of consumer demand drive year-over-year exponential growth in both the capability of and accessibility to the relevant technology. The cameras in even the cheapest cellphone is better than multi-thousand dollar digital cameras of a few years ago. There is more computing power in a smartphone than in a Cray computer of yore. Mobile bandwidth increases manifold with each generation.
The real problem is the finite pool of providers. We don't have an effective way to make more doctors and even if we could, training them takes a decade or more. Improvements in provider efficiency are incremental at best, even with technology like telehealth.
At the same time, our population ages, meaning more people are spending more of their life dealing with chronic disease and elderly disability.
So until, we have the "AI doctor", how do we deal with this true limitation??
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