My #IHeartHIT story: Telemedicine with my mother every week

"This is 2017, telemedicine should be available to everyone."
By Nick van Terheyden, MD
01:37 PM
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My #IHeartHIT story

I practiced telemedicine with my mother every week when she was alive. We did this on Facetime and it allowed me to catch up with her, see how she was getting on in her home environment. Medicine is practiced the same in countries across the world let alone across state lines.

I wish my mother was still here with us but she is not. This is 2017, telemedicine should be available to everyone.

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I wish all my friends and family and all the patients and clinicians had the opportunity to access telemedicine.

All the patients, clinicians should have access to telemedicine - remove the regulatory barriers and make this a reimbursable event. We should be able to access care ANYTIME, ANYPLACE, ANYWHERE.

– Nick van Terheyden, MD, is chief medical officer at BaseHealth.

This National Health IT Week, HIMSS is giving the industry a platform to share stories about how health IT is progressing. We are at a critical point on the path to healthcare transformation in the U.S. and policymakers want to know if we are making progress. Share your story and help impact policymakers.