While both telemedicine and telehealth offer great benefits to physicians and patients, telehealth has become one of the most promising evolutions in the health care landscape. The ability to conduct remote visits with patients and monitor their recovery improves access to quality care by removing traditional barriers to healthcare delivery such as distance, mobility and time constraints.
So, what are the key trends of telehealth in 2013?
- According to the 2010 Dell Executive & Patient Survey, 62% of patients claimed that they would like more telemedicine capabilities to discuss health issues with their physician.
- The global market for telehealth is expected to grow from $11.6B in 2011 to $27.3B in 2016.
- Telehealth will receive increased legislative support.
- Countdown to the Affordable Care Act—Telehealth will help the nation prepare for 1-1-14.
- Retail pharmacies will embrace telehealth.
There is no question that health information technology like telehealth and telemedicine are critical resources for healthcare providers, hospitals, delivery networks and newly formed ACOs In a short span of time, consumer awareness and acceptance of these technologies has risen rapidly as healthcare reform, technology and patient expectations all work to alter the way healthcare is delivered in the United States. While predictions may be made based on past trends and current initiatives, no one can ultimately guarantee how the healthcare industry will operate or look like, but there is no doubt that technology and innovation will continue to play a role in facilitating the delivery of quality care across the care spectrum.
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