Waiting times to see a General Practitioner (GP) and the struggle to find the right appointment time to balance your work, life and health isn’t that unfamiliar to many of us. The situation can become more stressful when you have to meet that one specialist who is based in a particular hospital on the other side of the country, and that appointment is accompanied with travel expenses. On top of that GPs are often overworked and are expected to make themselves available 24/7.
So why we are still stuck in this cycle? We are we still waiting to see the true convergence of technology in healthcare when mobile devices are readily available and have already become the definition of easier living. Why can we meet our friends and family over phone or video at the click of a button – but not use the very same technology in a healthcare scenario?
We will always need health consultations in person; however, we can now easily extend these consultations to the next village, town or city for the needy through video solutions. Equipping health practitioners with video technology can reduce the pressure on them and their patients.
Perhaps you have ideas of your own?
We are opening up this debate through a Twitter chat we are organising with the industry leading experts – Andrew Graley, EMEA Director Healthcare at Polycom, Mark Evans, Commercial Director at Imerja, and Veronica Southern, Director at Veronica Southern Telerehab Ltd (ex-NHS clinician).
If you have strong views on this subject, views you wish to air or are just curious – please do drop by.
Questions on Twitter should be tagged #PolycomChat and will be answered live between 12:30-13:30 BST on 19 May 2015. Alternatively, you can also leave your questions in the comments section of this article so we can provide you a response.