Category Archive
for: ‘Utilization’

Rural Hospitals Struggle With EHRs, Meaningful Use

Since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, meaningful use has helped encourage numerous health care organizations to integrate electronic health records (EHRs) into their practices. At the same time, it’s caused headaches among providers and hospitals who have found the timeline for adoption to be too rapid, or who lack the resources to […]

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Survey Says: Patients Want Telehealth

It’s official. The people have spoken, and they want access to telehealth services. Or at least the respondents to one survey of consumers do. As PatientEngagementHIT first reported, the Advisory Board Company’s Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey found that 77 percent of people would be willing to have a health care provider visit via telehealth. […]

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Doubling in Telehealth Investment by 2018? Predictions From New Study

And the body of literature predicting exponential growth in telehealth investment in the coming years continues to grow. As Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine first reported, a recent benchmark study from Becker’s Healthcare and direct-to-consumer telehealth company Teladoc found that, in 2018, the number of United States health systems offering telehealth programs will likely be […]

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Report: The “Double Burden” of Chronic Conditions, Poor Broadband Access

A recently released study from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is shedding new light on health care disparities in the United States—specifically, between patients residing in rural and urban counties when it comes to the prevalence of chronic disease. As Health Data Management and others first reported, the report, Mapping Broadband Health in America, from […]

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Telehealth and Family Physicians: Insights From New Study

The looming shortage of primary care providers has long been a cause for concern in the health care industry. A 2016 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) study, for example, projected a shortage of as many as 94,700 physicians of all specialties by 2025—including as many as 35,600 primary care physicians. One way to alleviate […]

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Medicare is Holding Telehealth Back: New GAO Study

Study after study, it seems, has pointed to the cost savings and enhanced health outcomes that could result from the broader implementation of telehealth and remote monitoring. But according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, outdated Medicare reimbursement policies and other coverage limitations are standing in the way of wider utilization. As Health […]

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Tapping into Successful Telehealth Models to Improve Utilization and ROI

On November 17, the Fall 2016 CTeL Executive Telehealth Summit will address a topic at the forefront of many minds: how to improve telehealth utilization and ROI. The promise of telehealth is determined by the utilization of services. Similarly, telehealth will continue to expand only if providers, health systems, insurers, and employers can find a […]

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More Employers Offer Telehealth Benefits, But Few Employees Use Them

Employers have embraced telehealth with gusto. Seventy percent of large employers now offer telehealth benefits, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). Next year, 90 percent will do so. Use of telehealth by employees has lagged though, as reported in a recent Chicago Tribune article.  The same NBGH […]

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