Not so long ago, telemedicine vendors had proprietary standards to connect point-to-point devices via the Internet to conduct a telehealth session. Now, there are open connectivity standards that eliminate additional steps to launch a session, making use of telemedicine simpler.

There remain significant differences among vendors in the architecture of telemedicine systems, says Steve McGraw, CEO at telemedicine vendor Reach Health, but proprietary standards for network connections are going away fast. “We worry about writing code now,” he adds. “Standards lets us write software that replicates the physician session rather than worrying about connectivity.”

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