Ohio to be global hub for telemedicine

Frankly, I’m not sure what to make of this story. The introduction reads:

“The University System of Ohio is soon to be a global hub for online medical education and videoconferencing following a decision to fund the creation of a resource center in Columbus. The Ohio Telehealth Video Resource Center will establish Ohio as a center of excellence worldwide in videoconferencing technologies and, at the same time, contribute to the improved health and well-being of countless people throughout world,” said Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

If it its true that this Center can become what it says it will, great. A new star is born. But why does my gut instinct tell me that the reality will be different? Perhaps it is because I have observed that when doctors, academics and politicians get together it is hype, not a star, that is born. Or perhaps it is because the world is a bigger place than people tend to imagine? Read the story and then, if you know the telemed scene, leave a comment to tell me whether my gut feeling is accurate or not.