July 20, 2017

Aligning Telehealth for Best Results

Teladoc Logo
Image Courtesy of Teladoc

By Dr. Alan Roga, President, Provider Market, Teladoc

Defibrillators, antibiotics and scalpels aren’t strategies. That’s obvious, but it doesn’t make those resources any less valuable for delivering care. Why bring this up? Because we sometimes see confusion about the role and expectations for another important care delivery tool: telehealth. About half of U.S. hospitals now have telemedicine technology in place, according to HIMSS Analytics, [i] and another survey found 76 percent of hospitals and health systems will have consumer telehealth programs in place by 2018. [ii] Many of these efforts are in their early stages, and we have spoken with many hospital and health system leaders who are unsure of where to take their telehealth programs. This article is intended to help you see telehealth’s strategic implications.

Telehealth is a tool, not a strategy. Without clarity on telehealth’s role, organizations may limit the effectiveness of their programs and the benefits telehealth can provide, which include improving access and outcomes, improving patient engagement, and reducing the cost of care. Telehealth programs are most effective when they are aligned to support organizational strategies. This is where we often find confusion.

The table below presents a sample of specific telehealth programs that can be […]

From Around The Web

Sponsored Content by AdNow
About NGE Staff 9393 Articles
The News for the Gig Economy Staff is constantly searching the web for the latest news regarding freelancing and gig platforms to bring them to you in one handy place. All articles with this generic author have been sourced with the original location at the bottom of the piece. We encourage our readers to view the original source of all excerpts. NGE is a project of ARC Online, LLC.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.