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Telehealth Visits Projected to Outnumber In-Person Visits

Telehealth Visits Projected to Outnumber In-Person Visits

Technology is becoming so entwined in consumers' lives, that it should come as no surprise that consumers are increasingly demanding that their healthcare services be available via the devices they already own - smartphones, tablets, and computers. Consumers are demanding value-driven, convenient healthcare options that can be accessed from home, work or school. As a result, telehealth visits are expected to grow significantly over the next five years. By the year 2025, the University of Rochester Medical Center predicts that telehealth visits will exceed physical office visits by more than a half-a-billion visits.1 According to a 2016 survey, 20% of individuals would consider changing their primary care physician (PCP) if another PCP offered telehealth services and their current one did not.2 That...

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The Pathway to Practicing Telehealth Across State Lines

The Pathway to Practicing Telehealth Across State Lines

In order for healthcare providers to legally provide telehealth services across the entire United States, laws and licensure requirements must catch up to the technology. Fortunately, there is an expedited pathway to licensure now available through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, making it possible for qualified physicians in certain states to more easily practice in multiple states. According to the Federation of State Medical Boards, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact began accepting applications from interested physicians wishing to practice in multiple states on April 7,2017. The article Telehealth Licensing Compact Goes Live in 7 Member State published by mHealth Intelligence provides a more detailed discussion of the Compact and the states involved. Check it out to see if you can take advantage of this expedited...

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Telehealth Predicted to Transform Healthcare Delivery

Telehealth Predicted to Transform Healthcare Delivery

According to a recently published article in The Huffington Post, How Telehealth Platforms Will Reshape U.S. Healthcare Delivery, as telehealth continues to evolve and mature, healthcare delivery in the U.S. will be transformed. Some of the key telehealth transformations identified in the article include: Telehealth platforms will leverage doctor expertise in a coordinated effort to address doctor shortages and deliver quality care at a lower cost. Through ongoing innovation, telehealth platforms will evolve as feedback is collected and ultimately will deliver improved patient health outcomes. Because of these telehealth transformations, the article identifies several direct implications for care delivery: Hospital functions will increasingly be outsourced to lower costs as more services and specialty care is made available via technology. Centers...

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Responsive or Bust: Why Your Practice Website Must Be Mobile-Friendly

Responsive or Bust: Why Your Practice Website Must Be Mobile-Friendly

It's indisputable that any small business needs a website in 2017. After all, more than 3.5 billion people currently use the internet, and your website acts as a digital business card that's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you want to be visible where your potential clients are spending their time, having a website is a no-brainer.One key to ensuring that your website helps build your business, however, is that it's designed responsively.What Is Responsive Design? Responsive design allows websites adapt themselves to whatever size screen a user is viewing the site on. Whether visitors are viewing your responsive site on their desktop or a tiny smartphone, they will see a site that looks beautiful, functions...

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What is Needed for Telemental Health to Reach Its Full Potential as a Delivery System?

What is Needed for Telemental Health to Reach Its Full Potential as a Delivery System?

Telemental health is increasingly being used to expand behavioral health care access to clients in need, especially those living in rural areas with limited clinical resources. However, there are some challenges to overcome before telemental health will be able reach its full potential as a delivery system for behavioral health services. Surprisingly, some of the challenges for on-site face to face sessions in rural communities may also limit the success of telemental health services in these communities. Per the authors of the article Understanding the Business Case for Telemental Health in Rural Communities, the challenges that impede success in rural areas for both face to face and telemental health sessions include: Poor insurance reimbursement Difficulties recruiting and retaining qualified behavioral...

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