Telehealth may prove to be just what the doctor orders in the new age of value-based care. Kaiser Permanente expects provider virtual visits to reach 16 million by 2018, exceeding in-person encounters. Other experts predict the designation and eventual certification of providers as “virtualists,” in the same way that hospitalists and intensivists emerged to help improve quality and outcomes in a fee-for-service world.
As telehealth becomes increasingly integrated with the EHR and analytics infrastructure, virtualists would be responsible for supporting cost-effective virtual care delivery, improving patient outcomes and achieving value-based care goals. Telehealth 2.0 is expected to drive cost savings, balance utilization of provider time and skills, and help meet quality measures by:
- Providing on-demand and scheduled patient histories for virtual care
- Coordinating personalized chronic care
- Monitoring discharges and facilitating care transitions
- Identifying and closing care gaps
- Capturing actionable data from the IoT and in-home presence services
Learn more about how your organization can leverage virtualists and Telehealth 2.0 to meet your strategic objectives for improving care delivery.