As virtual care grows, integrated tools become a game-changer. Given the favorable regulatory changes, increasing reimbursement parity and technology breakthroughs over the last 24 months, many in healthcare are hailing 2018 as The Year of Telehealth. But Wendy Deibert, a 20-year veteran, bedside critical-care nurse who helped launch Mercy Healths 350-bed eICU program, is making a bolder prediction: 2018 may be the year we stop differentiating telehealth, telemedicine and virtual visits from traditional in-person care.I truly believe we may soon stop using those words, said Deibert, former vice president of clinical solutions at Vidyo, a leading provider of telehealth solutions. It is just going to be the way we deliver health. It will be the standard. We are connecting patients and providers and giving treatment and care, just in a different way.

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