Few Pa­tients Us­ing Tele­health

Health Data Management - - NEWSLINE -

Hos­pi­tals and health­care de­liv­ery sys­tems see tele­health as one way to fa­cil­i­tate treat­ment, and make it quicker and faster for pa­tients. How­ever, con­sumers may not be em­brac­ing the con­cept as rapidly as these or­ga­ni­za­tions would like. A re­cent sur­vey finds that provider or­ga­ni­za­tions are mak­ing com­mit­ments to pro­vide ser­vices via tele­health— they’ve made sub­stan­tial in­vest­ments in in­fra­struc­ture, train­ing and process reengi­neer­ing. But the sur­vey, found that eight out of ev­ery 10 con­sumers are gen­er­ally un­aware of how to ac­cess med­i­cal care via tele­health, or that their in­surer will cover the cost.

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