January 19, 2012 5:50 AM GMT
I wrote up a news story this morning concerning Swisscom trialling telemedicine services using Cisco kit.
That got me wondering how useful telemedicine is really going to be in mature markets. I mean, I can see the benefit in emerging territories, where people may have to travel long distances to receive medical care, but surely developed countries have better infrastructure in place?
Ok, so the services are likely best targetted at the elderly and disabled, as they have the most difficulty moving around even in developed nations, however in the case of the elderly the technology itself could be a barrier to usage. I've no stats to back up my view, but believe many older folk tend still to distrust PCs and use them only when they have to. Are they really likely to try to consult their doctor via the web, therefore?