There’s no difference between mHealth & telemedicine, come to ATA May 17-20 in Baltimore to learn more

I’ll be heading to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) annual conference in Baltimore in a couple of weeks. To see what I might learn there I interviewed Jon Linkous, CEO of ATA. The first question I asked him was “what’s the difference between mHealth and telemedicine?” Basically nothing, he said — but, he noted that the mobile health or mHealth movement and nomenclature has been very useful to the telemedical industry and he welcomed the comparisons.

I asked Jon a few other questions and got some great answers, he was quite candid and very knowledgeable. I’ve summarized them in the video below.

  • You’ve been leading some work with Federation of State Medical Boards (FASMB) around telehealth policy; can you describe what that is and how real you think telemedical reiumbursements might be in the near future?
  • Do you believe the remote care and remote monitoring are really going to be a big deal? How much should the average innovator be focused in this space if they want to have a successful company in the next few years?
  • What are the biggest myths surrounding telemedicine when it comes to the developers of telemedical technology? How about for the providers who want to use it?
  • What are the biggest mistakes being made by innovators when development telemedical tech? How about the providers who are putting it to use?
  • What advice do you have for people who want to start businesses or really add value to the telemedical tech space?

Here’s a quick vlog of what I heard him say — some good advice for health IT professionals and innovators:



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  • David Doherty

    Hi Shahid,

    Tried to watch the video but it seems to be listed as ‘Private’. Maybe you need to check the settings on your YouTube channel?

    I fail to see how “at a distance” medicine (Telemedicine) is the same as using Mobile (the newest mass media) for health (mHealth).

    Here’s a couple of examples of mHealth that don’t involve distance and so won’t be considered to fall within the definition of telemedicine:

    > A Doctor uses her Alivecor ECG equipped smartphone on a passenger who falls ill when on a flight.

    > A citizen uses the S Health app on his Samsung smartphone to track their activity levels/weight/diet/etc and uses this information to modify their behaviour and make more healthy decisions.

  • Thanks, David. It looked like the video settings were indeed set incorrectly. Appreciate the heads up. It should be fixed now.

    I think Jon’s point in saying there wasn’t much of a difference was that mobile health tools can be used for telemedicine as well and there wasn’t a need to arbitrarily create differences or separation (which has been tried recently). Your examples are spot on, though, thanks for sharing.