The director of the Epilepsy Center and vice chair of the Neurological Institute for Strategy and Development at Cleveland Clinic detailed the transition patients and doctors make from the office to telemedicine.
By: Imad Najm, MD
Published: November 22, 2019
“It's going to be a game changer, where the physical confines of things are not going to be a limitation anymore. We're going to be able to reach out to the world, and the world will be able to reach out to us.”
Patients are accustomed to seeing doctors in-person, and vice versa. While the overall reaction to telemedicine has been positive from both patients and doctors, there is still a level of adjustment that comes with this non-traditional, virtual style of diagnosis and treatment.
Imad Najm, MD, director, Epilepsy Center, and vice chair, Neurological Institute for Strategy and Development, Cleveland Clinic, sees the vast potential of telemedicine and the impact it can have on the epilepsy community.
In addition to allowing for better access to those who are unable to travel to see specialist, telemedicine can have a direct impact on patient savings, from work hours lost to transportation fees and use of resources. This increased role of digital technology will change the practices doctors use for diagnosing patients. In an interview with NeurologyLive, Najm detailed his prediction regarding the change in clinical practice with the implementation of telemedicine.