Telemedicine is gaining popularity as convenience and time savings become driving factors for both consumers seeking care and the providers who offer it:

  • 7 million Americans are expected to use telehealth services by 2018.
  • After home-based monitoring, video telemedicine providing diagnostic consultation and remote specialist services and telemental health will have the biggest impact on the market.
  • 82% of Americans ages 18–34 say physician consultations over a mobile device are the best option for them.

I recently participated in a CDW Healthcare-HIMSS webinar dedicated to the topic of telemedicine, along with Cisco Global Healthcare Sales Leader for the IoE Services & Solutions Practice Tom Buban and CDW Healthcare Video Conferencing Practice Lead Hanny Alexander.

Technology drivers

So what’s pushing telemedicine to the forefront of healthcare? From strained budgets to strict compliance, we outline a number of drivers prompting organizations to look into telemedicine:

  • The Accountable Care Act: Patient-centered care
  • Cost of care delivery
  • New care models: ACOs, patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs)
  • Readmissions penalties
  • Continuity of care
  • Driving wellness and population health management
  • Opportunity to share savings

Telemedicine benefits

While there may be a number of reasons to join the telemedicine movement, there’s no denying there are definite benefits to be gained by everyone involved, from patients to the healthcare practices themselves. The greatest of those benefits include:

  • Improves communication with patients and their medical team while overcoming geographic boundaries to offer remote services
  • Improves early diagnosis of urgent care where time and visual cues are critical
  • Cost and time savings — from reduced travel and reduced readmissions
  • Potential revenue source from developing and offering telehealth services
  • Greater patient engagement

Connection in action

In what way can healthcare organizations use telemedicine technologies to achieve greater connection and collaboration? Here are some common ways providers have employed telemedicine solutions, including video conferencing, to their advantage:

  1. Bedside consults
  2. Discharge protocol
  3. Language interpretation
  4. On-demand live/recorded training
  5. Premise security
  6. Long-distance consults

Learn more about CDW Healthcare’s telehealth solutions for today’s healthcare landscape.

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