Telehealth technology will be used by an estimated 1.8 million patients worldwide by 2017, according to a report released Sunday by InMedica, Computerworld reports. Some of the key findings included:
In 2012, 308,000 patients were monitored via telehealth technology for:
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Mental health conditions
The report found that currently:
- Congestive heart failure accounts for the largest group of telehealth patients
- COPD accounts for the second largest group of telehealth patients
The factors expected to drive the growth of telehealth are:
- Federal policies that penalize hospitals based on readmission rates
- Health care providers who want to increase ties with patients and improve care quality
- Insurers that want to increase their competitiveness and reduce inpatient payouts by working directly with telehealth providers to monitor patients
- Patients who demand telehealth technology for a wider variety of conditions.
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