The Telemedicine Battle: when will the benefits outweigh the challenges?

Posted by Continuum on Jun 13, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Though telemedicine has been a segment of the healthcare industry for years, the use of telehealth technology has not expanded to meet its full potential. Telemedicine still has a few challenges to overcome, the biggest being the lack of strong financial incentives for implementation and utilization—despite telehealth’s capacity to lower overall healthcare usage and save time for providers.

The healthcare industry lacks a unifying drive to incorporate telemedicine into physicians’ day to day routines, since in many states providers are not reimbursed for tele-visits at the same rate as in-person visits. Continuum Health's CMO, Dr. Michael Renzi, recently wrote on his difficulty embracing telemedicine due to a continuing need for fee-for-service payments. Though telemedicine offers great opportunities for practices, it is stymied by the lack of proper reimbursement.

Yet with the volatility surrounding healthcare policy under the Trump administration, there is hope that new or further developed healthcare legislation could incentivize telemedicine for providers, helping them to achieve the Triple Aim.

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Topics: Telehealth, Telemedicine, virtual medicine

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