Show, Don't Tell, Telehealth Benefits

Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media , April 2, 2014

Telehealth is gaining acceptance and momentum among providers and patients. It's even got friends in Washington working to change regulations that govern technology to treat patients remotely. Marketing needs to keep pace.

Last week it took me 50 minutes—two subway lines and a bus—to get to a follow-up appointment with a specialist. The visit itself lasted just 15 minutes.

It's situations like this that made me jump for joy when I read RNCOS Business Consultancy Services report that predicted an 18.5% annual growth in telehealth worldwide through 2018.

Of course, I realize that the focus telehealth is not on those like me, someone whose only inconvenience is spending unwanted time on public transit. The people who stand to benefit most from telehealth services most are those who live in rural, underserved areas.

Still, the projected growth of telehealth is promising, especially since it has been shown to improve access to and quality of healthcare and to reduce costs.

Telehealth Improves Patient Care in ICUs

Mounting support on Capitol Hill may push teleheath even further along. Former South Dakota' senator Thomas Dacshle (D), now a senior policy adviser for a law firm is lobbying for state and federal healthcare laws to address telehealth. Daschle and a coalition of former senators and interested parties, including CVS, Verizon, Walgreens, and WellPoint, are pushing to change regulations governing telehealth.

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1 comments on "Show, Don't Tell, Telehealth Benefits"

Sandy Clark (4/8/2014 at 5:07 PM)
I share the telehealth vision described in quote "Our vision is that any patient anywhere in the world, whether it's 50 miles north of here or 5,000 miles away can contact Miami Children's Hospital and get the correct specialist on the case so that the child receives the right care as soon as possible,". As I understand the billing rules surrounding telehealth services, the provider of care must be clinically licensed in the state where the patient is sitting at the time care is provided. If this is indeed the case, how are you effectively and efficiently able to staff clinicians to meet the needs of patients requiring care on an urgent basis. Thank you in advance for sharing your insight. sandy




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