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

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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