Telehealth Voted One of the Top Trends in Healthcare for 2019

A recent survey of more than 1,000 leaders in healthcare, conducted by Definitive Healthcare, reported that telehealth was the #3 voted top trend in healthcare for 2019 (#1: consolidation; #2: consumerism).

Telehealth continues to make headlines, as coverage expands, and major retailers are getting involved in health technology. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced that they will be extending Medicare Advantage coverage for telehealth services beginning in the 2020 plan year. Additionally, Fair Health reported this month that telehealth use rose 53% from 2016 to 2017 – faster growth than any other site of care.

Not only do healthcare leaders see telehealth as a major trend and area of growth, but this growth is also reflected by changes in insurance coverage, how providers deliver care, and how patients expect to access their care.

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Helen Nichols, PhD, MSW