The article focuses mainly on the barriers preventing telemedicine to succeed in both rural and urban areas. Since telemedicine has existed in the healthcare landscape for over a decade now, its adoption efforts in most areas are considered “modest, if not disappointing,” but some believe that as broadband initiatives have become more pervasive on a global level in the past few year, telemedicine has potential to be revived and revolutionized.
Telemedicine now includes doctor to patient phone calls, teleconsultations, videoconferencing, and real-time remote patient monitoring using mobile devices. These ICT labors have the potential to maximize efficiency in the health care industry, but there are few blockades that come along with its adaptation efforts.
Reasons for low adoption of telemedicine:
- Lack of support by governments and insurance companies to reimburse patients for the cost of telemedicine services and devices
- Lack in access, awareness and legal understanding
- Lack of examples of telemedicine succeeding on a wider scale beyond pilot programs
- Standards, regulations to create ubiquity
- Needs public-private joint support
Overall, the telemedicine system seems to be supported but not enough for it to be adopted on full scale. ICT systems like this will not be affective unless they are fully implemented, utilized and sustained with great collaboration between the public and private sectors.