2015 Trends in Telemedicine WhitepaperMay 25, 2018 in
2015 Trends in Telemedicine Whitepaper
How Telemedicine Is a Growing Force in Healthcare
Thanks to telemedicine, healthcare is more accessible than ever. Physicians are seeing the benefits telemedicine can bring to their patients, their practices, and their own day-to-day appointment schedules. More than half of all U.S. hospitals currently have telemedicine programs.1 [tweet] As telemedicine becomes even more widespread, the healthcare field is gaining more evidence that shows telemedicine has far-reaching benefits.
In one recent study, doctors using telemedicine were to successfully treat their patients virtually 83% of the time.2 This may not come as a surprise to many doctors; many patients come into the office with minor conditions or questions that don’t require in-person diagnosis or treatment. In fact, according to the American Medical Association and Wellness Council of America, nearly 75% of all regular doctor, urgent care, and ER visits are either unnecessary or could be handled effectively via phone or video.3 This includes patients with sinusitis, cold or flu, and bladder or urinary tract infections, the most common diagnoses in the study.2 About 60% of telemedicine visits in the study ended with the doctor writing a prescription.2
These are just a few trends we’re seeing in telemedicine today. In this report, we’ll explore what the research has to say about the benefits of telemedicine, the attitudes of patients and doctors, and telemedicine’s potential cost-savings. We’ll also take a look at the policy influencing telemedicine and where telemedicine is heading in the future.
- The global telemedicine technologies market was valued at $17.8 billion in 2014.4
- There will be about 800,000 online consultations in the U.S. in 2015.5