Telemedicine can be beneficial for people in rural areas, older people, those in drug treatment programs, or patients with developmental delays or physical limitations. Andrew H. Talal, MD
, professor of medicine
in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
, says telemedicine is a good way to treat people in underserved communities and those who are typically difficult to engage, such as those in substance abuse treatment programs. Talal is leading a five-year study on the use of telemedicine in drug treatment programs, specifically how it can help patients with hepatitis C. “The ability to engage those individuals in the places where they feel comfortable, I think really is the power and perhaps the next phase of development of this new modality of health care delivery,” says Talal.