Super interesting discussion! I wonder if there are members in this community who could provide more insights into the technological progress and application of telemedicine, nationally and/or globally?
I used to work for a company who managed many assisted care facilities throughout the state I live in, and a lot of those facilities offered telemedicine pilot programs that were heavily subsided by grant money etc. but were quite effective for some of the patients who wanted to seen by their PCPs, but wanted to avoid frequent transportation to their PCP offices or too sick to travel etc. The staff nurses would assist in operating the remote examination tools (such as a stethoscope) for the connecting physician to see, hear, and speak to their patients.
If telemedicine is somewhat prevalent (at least in the U.S) and appears to have proven its effectiveness for some use cases, why the lack of scale and greater investment? To @dhart’s point, is the issue here being that the service needs to be completely accessible and operable on your own, without any intermediary assistance?