Remote consultation and at-home care is expected to be a major feature of Kaiser's health care program. "Telehealth delivers care through a distance," says Chai.
By communicating with doctors via two-way video conferencing, patients won't have to crowd hospitals and clinics. They can discuss their conditions with their doctors who can diagnose them at home.
Several devices can be hooked up to the TV, including a camera with super zoom for tele-dermatology, a weight scale that sends data to the TV via Bluetooth and a congestive heart failure monitor that keeps tabs remotely.