Through population health solutions, artificial intelligence, and newly expanded telehealth benefits and offerings, healthcare stakeholders are better able to achieve triple aim goals with increased access to care, reduced readmissions and transfers, improved care coordination, and more efficient clinical workflows. Adoption of new telehealth technology is playing an increasingly vital role in the future of healthcare practices.
These technological advancements have the potential to deliver telehealth benefits that improve patient outcomes while significantly decreasing the overall cost of care.
- According to the Certification Commission of Healthcare Information Technology, it is estimated that about 50 percent of healthcare finances are wasted, due to inefficient processes.
- Empowering providers with new communications tools can lead to increased efficiency and improved care coordination at a lower cost.
- New advances in care delivery models such as eConsults allow providers to have immediate access to the necessary information to treat their patients without the constraints of physical location. eConsults allow for providers to connect with specialists to collaborate on treatment plans, all within the primary care setting.
While technology can deliver substantial cost savings, it can also deliver telehealth benefits and clinical advantages.
- Telemedicine allows for greater access to care for those living in areas where either population congestion or geographic proximity makes gaining access to healthcare more difficult. Providers are also able to have access to more patients per day versus a traditional office visit.
- eConsults are making strides in the senior and Medicaid managed care industries because it allows for the elderly population to receive telehealth benefits from specialty care in the comfort of their primary care setting.
- Prison systems have also taken advantage of eConsult platforms to alleviate the extra staff/security and financial costs of transferring an inmate to a hospital or specialty care setting.
Consults are making strides in the senior and Medicaid managed care industries because it allows for the elderly population to receive telehealth benefits from specialty care in the comfort of their primary care setting.