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The Growth of Telehealth (or Telemedicine) services is evident in the United States due to the fact that many people live in healthcare deserts, the increasing use of value-added measurements and a greater focus on controlling cost. ABCS RCM is aware of these major demographic and societal trends that are driving the growth of telehealth services. As a company, we expect these trends to only increase in the future due to the fact that demand for healthcare is increasing and technological advancements are providing more opportunities for the expansion of telehealth services. But what actually is telehealth?

Telehealth services are defined as the delivery of medical and healthcare services through the use of electronic information, the internet and similar telecommunication technologies. Telehealth allows for the patient/clinician contact to occur over a long distance. This contact includes care, some surgical procedures, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring and remote admissions, meetings between health professionals, etc. Telehealth will differentiate between “store and forward” services versus “live or real-time” services. However, the opportunities that telehealth can deliver due seem promising. Ultimately, for the delivery of services via telehealth to be successful and maintain growth, these services must maintain their quality of care for patients while controlling cost.

Summary:

  • The majority of people are increasingly comfortable with digital devices that possess voice and audio capabilities.
  • Over 65 million Americans live in underserved healthcare areas.
  • Increased focus on readmission avoidance and value-based healthcare.

For more information on telehealth services click on the CMS Factsheet

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