I recently spoke to Mark Blatt, Intel’s Worldwide Medical Director, about whether virtual care can deliver equal to or better than face-to-face care. Across the world, ageing populations are stretching public health services to the limit. It's impractical for everybody with a health problem to go to a hospital or clinic, taking up the valuable time of a limited number of doctors and nurses that could be better used elsewhere.
That's why we believe virtual care is a trend that will increase markedly in the future. It isn't something that is entirely new – in the past my fellow medical professionals have found the telephone a valuable diagnostic tool. And while it remains an important part of virtual care, the desk telephone (which is more commonly used in a mobile situation today), when used in isolation, can help to deliver only basic support.
So, what does the future hold for virtual care? Take a look at the video above to hear Mark’s thoughts and leave us your ideas too. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.