What Are the Top Technologies in Telehealth?

Monday, January 24th, 2011
This post was written by Jessica Fornarotto

Data monitoring and wireless technologies edged out land lines this year as the top technologies utilized in telehealth initiatives, according to the second annual Telehealth e-survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

Powered by provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, healthcare delivery via telehealth and telemedicine is transforming wellness, disease management, medication management services and illness prevention while extending and enhancing access to critical healthcare services.

Survey Highlights:

  • About 70 percent of responding healthcare organizations use telehealth for clinical and non-clinical purposes.
  • Diabetes and heart failure are the top health targets of telehealth initiatives for 61 percent of respondents.
  • About 46 percent of organizations said reimbursement comes from private payors, while nearly 37 percent are reimbursed by public payors.
  • Nearly 64 percent of responding organizations say it is too soon to determine ROI from current telehealth efforts.
  • Of respondents with no telehealth programs, more than a third — 37.5 percent — plan to launch telehealth services within the next year.
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