The telehealth remote medical practice received a boost recently with a strong indication that the U.S. health schemes Medicare and Medicaid are set to endorse the practice, especially for elements of the population residing out of town.
Healthcare efficacy data which suggests that telehealth is at least equivalent to face-to-face meetings with medical staff for some conditions (see for example the research article “Clinical Decision Support System Based Virtual Telemedicine”.) Such studies show how cost-effective in a healthcare organization or system, as well as improving the continuity of care for patients.
Despite the U.S. being among the ten richest countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of $57,293, the government is seeking ways to reduce costs upon the healthcare system and telehealth (or telemedicine) provides a means to do so.
One common medium for telehealth is video conference technology. However, the scope can embrace robotic surgery and the collection of data via digital monitoring instruments.
The wider proposal is based on several pilots. To date, forty-eight state Medicaid programs now have some type of telemedicine coverage. Included within these schemes is the connection of remote, rural doctors to the resources of big city hospitals and services for patients that have trouble with mobility. The evaluated successes are leading to an expansion of variants of telehealth.
He adds: “The field of medicine is evolving rapidly, led by remarkable innovations in health information technologies and remote health care services. These changes are already disrupting the current models of health care delivery and the established payment framework.”
These comments appear to be about to be rooted in public policy and the roll-out of telehealth in the U.S. on a wider scale.
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