Although recently the subject of vigorous debate and controversy telemedicine is expanding rapidly in many states. A new review of research on clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness related to telemedicine shows promising findings for a range of conditions even as coverage variations and restrictions continue to pose challenges according to a new report issued by Altarum Institute “Telemedicine Today: The State of Affairs.”
Spurred by new laws and policies that permit online teleconsultations, both payers and providers are exploring ways to enable patients’ access to care in ways that also meet growing industry demands.
Despite the high cost of implementing telemedicine technology in intensive care units, hospitals could benefit more from such tools both financially and in terms of the quality of care delivered, according to research recently published online in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health.
Connected healthcare has a ton of potential and is inevitable, providers are just going through a learning curve on how to utilize and capitalize off the different technologies that move patient care beyond the four walls of a traditional practice setting.