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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