The Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker uses FAIR Health data to track how telehealth is evolving on a monthly basis. Selecting a month and clicking on one of the four US census regions in the map below will display an infographic on telehealth in that month in that region. Clicking on national statistics will display an [...]
COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition: Telehealth Impact Study: Patient Survey Executive Summary Telehealth use, which surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, has provided a way for patients to continue to receive care while remaining safe in their homes. To explore patients’ experiences with telehealth, the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition recently conducted a survey of 2,007 patients across the country [...]
A new study comparing urgent pediatric otolaryngology services through telehealth between March and May 2020 to in-person visits during the same time period in 2019 found that telehealth was able to successfully provide access to services, even for the most vulnerable populations.
Education vs Clinician Feedback on Antibiotic Prescriptions for Acute Respiratory Infections in Telemedicine: a Randomized Controlled Trial
A new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that providers using a virtual care platform with real-time access to their own prescribing statistics as well as practice-wide statistics reduced their prescribing rates, which would reduce the estimated 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections that occur each year in the U.S. View more and purchase [...]
HHS: Medicare Beneficiary Use Of Telehealth Visits: Early Data From The Start Of The Covid-19 Pandemic
KEY POINTS Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) in-person visits for primary care fell precipitously in mid-March at the start of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), and began to rise again in mid-April through May. Nearly half (43.5%) of Medicare primary care visits were provided via telehealth in April, compared with less than one percent before the [...]
A retrospective review found that a wide variety of urological conditions were seen across video visits – the most common being nephrolithiasis, oncology and andrology. Patients using video visits tended to be younger, would have had to travel longer distances for a clinic appointment and were more likely to be female.
A claims-based analysis suggests that approximately 20 percent of all emergency room visits could potentially be avoided via virtual urgent care offerings, 24 percent of healthcare office visits and outpatient volume could be delivered virtually, and an additional 9 percent “near-virtually.” Furthermore, up to 35 percent of regular home health attendant services could be virtualized, and [...]
A study focused on the use and perceptions of telehealth in rural areas with a focus on Michigan counties, found three major challenges to expanding telehealth options in rural communities including: 1) A lack of funding for program expansion; 2) The need for improved broadband access; and 3) Disparate reimbursement rates for telehealth services from insurance and [...]
In a 2018 proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimated that telemedicine is saving Medicare patients $60 million in travel time, with a projected estimate of $100 million by 2024, and $170 million by 2029.
A group of physicians and researchers from Kaiser Permanente studied “a novel model of integrating telemedicine seamlessly with patients’ ongoing clinicians, EHRs, and delivery systems.” Their findings showed the feasibility and growing adoption of video visits integrated with ongoing clinical care.