One in five Americans suffers from mental illness, yet only 44 percent receive treatment. Why? People with behavioral health problems face a growing number of obstacles that prevent them from receiving the care they need – from provider shortages to finances the mere unwillingness to seek treatment due to stigma. With telehealth, primary care physicians – nearly half of which treat mental health conditions – now have another viable option: online cognitive behavioral therapy, or iCBT. In fact, 75 percent of healthcare executives believe telemedicine has the potential to transform the standard of care for behavioral health and psychiatry.
According to the American Telemedicine Association, more than one-half of U.S. hospitals now have a telehealth program in place. Overall, 71 percent of healthcare providers are using telehealth or telemedicine technologies to provide medical services in ambulatory and inpatient settings. Telehealth produces a deluge of data, including vital sign and symptom collection from patients, leading some healthcare providers to worry that critical information may get lost in the coming data tsunami which might provide a basis for medical malpractice complaints.
Demand for virtual care services, such as telehealth, is steadily on the rise. And opportunities for additional growth, with clear benefits for patients, providers and employers are within reach.
I live in Colorado. We love the outdoors here. There’s plenty of sun and thousands of activities from my personal favorite, golf, to mountain biking, skiing and hiking. With these activities comes the chance for injury. Injuries come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s those that fall between minor and major that can be addressed through telemedicine.
High readmission rates are a $17 billion problem across the U.S. for hospital administrators. What’s even more alarming is a portion of 30-day readmissions are preventable. By Lee Horner, President of Stratus’s Telehealth Division, HIT Leaders and News
Hospitals and other healthcare organizations are in the midst of a digital revolution that’s forcing them to change their traditional ways of capturing, storing, and sharing information. To keep up with their needs for greater IT infrastructure agility, performance, security, and compliance, many savvy healthcare organizations are exploring the benefits of the public cloud.
5 Key Steps Companies Can Take to Start or Accelerate Their Digital Health Strategy.
Telemedicine is the future of healthcare. According to the 2014 World Market for Telehealth report from HIS Technology, the number of patients using telemedicine will increase to about 7 million in 2018. Telemedicine solutions fall into two broad categories. Remote patient monitoring solutions use a wired or wireless connection to link home healthcare equipment (heart monitors, dialysis equipment, etc.) to the Internet and then securely report patient data back to a healthcare provider.
Many industry leaders championed a free market approach to healthcare during the 12th Annual World Health Care Congress last week. Here are a few key reasons why I don’t think this model is “the fix” our industry so desperately needs.
Logitech plug-and-play video conferencing solutions make it easier than ever for specialists, residents and caseworkers to instantly collaborate, face-to-face, from dispersed locations.
Telehealth (Telemedicine) is a term used to define the technology doctors, nurses, and patients use to aid in long-distance healthcare. Telehealth applications generally fall into three categories.
Store-and-forward applications allow providers to capture and share patient images and data outside of the patient’s healthcare facility. Remote monitoring applications involve the use of sensors and alerts that transmit patient data to a healthcare provider. This eliminates the need for the patient to frequently visit the healthcare facility and also allows the provider to monitor patient conditions in real time. This is especially useful on chronic disease management applications. Finally, interactive telehealth solutions allow providers and patients to interact in real time using wireless, video, and remote diagnostic technologies. These interactive applications can be especially useful when providers and patients are separated by great distances or in rural settings.
Lenovo and Orbita are among exhibitors demonstrating new home healthcare products at HIMSS17. By Christine Kern, contributing writer