Avizia and Modern Healthcare Custom Media, the research division of Modern Healthcare, today announced the findings from their national telehealth survey. The report, “Closing the Telehealth Gap,” surveyed more than 280 healthcare leaders from U.S. hospitals, physician groups, ambulatory centers and other healthcare groups, and exposed a major disconnect between how healthcare providers currently use telehealth versus how they want to use the technology.
According to the findings, the most common service lines using telehealth today include stroke (44 percent), behavioral health (39 percent), staff education and training (28 percent), and primary care (22 percent). However, when executives look to the future, patient education and training lead the wish list (34 percent), closely followed by remote patient home monitoring (30 percent) and primary care (27 percent).
While past reports have cited consumer adoption as a top barrier to telehealth usage, these new findings show the main obstacle for healthcare providers remains centered around cash flow–without enough to fund the technology, or enough potential revenue to justify an expense. The top two barriers, encountered by about half of organizations, are the necessary investments for telehealth technology and infrastructure (50 percent) and issues related to reimbursement (48 percent).
“As a clinician and a telehealth advocate, I empathize with the battle going on in our system today. Hospitals and doctors know where they need to go, and they ultimately know what is best for their patients, but costs and reimbursement challenges have inhibited their ability to move forward,” says Dr. Alan Pitt, Chief Medical Officer at Avizia and attending physician and Professor of Neuroradiology at the Barrow Neurological Institute.
“Getting hospitals, physicians, health plans and telehealth companies on the same page will be critical to moving healthcare forward and improving public health,” said Pitt. “We talk a lot about collaboration in healthcare between the payers and providers, but in order to truly deliver on the promise of value-based-care, it’s clear that technologists need to be a part of the business conversation.”
Overall, the report found 72 percent of U.S. hospitals are currently using telehealth, compared to 52 percent of physician [Read more…]